Good news ! The work on much-delayed Khanapur-Anmod section of Belagavi-Panaji NH748 (NH4A) finally resumed from Monday (Nov.21) giving big relief to the commuters.
Citing heavy losses due to the court stay and Covid lockdown contractor Dilip Buildcon had withdrawn from the work taken up, The stretch of 52.300 km with/without paved shoulder, rigid pavement work will be completed by new contractor VM Matere Infrastructure (India) Pvt. Ltd at the cost Rs 139.99 crore.
It is learnt that, the work was awarded in the month March 2022 itself and now everything has been cleared. As per deadline work should be completed in 18 months from now.
It may be recalled that there had been a delay by earlier contractors implementing the two-laning of the NH4A due to a High Court stay obtained by environmentalists from Bengaluru in 2019.
However, in March 2021, stating that Getting prior green clearance for widening stretch from Belagavi to Goa border is not mandatory for NHAI, the Karnataka High Court had vacated the stay.
The resumption of work on this stretch has given relief to thousands of commuters in both Goa and Karnataka.