CANACONA:Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has accorded its approval /Clearance for Diversion of Forest Land for urgent restoration of existing road formation of NMH66 from Canacona to Bendurdem which includes Karmalghat Area in favour of PWD –Goa.
MoEFCC’s Integrated Regional Office, Bangalore in an order dated 28th June’2023 to the Principal Secretary(Forests), Govt. of Goa, Porvorim conveyed its in-principal approval/Stage-I Clearance of the Central Government for diversion of 0.03 ha of Forest land in Sy. No.103(P), Canacona village and Taluka, South Goa for urgent restoration of existing road formation of NH-66 between Km 572/500 to Km 595/200 which passes through Karmalghat area in favour of Executive Engineer, Work Division VII(NH), PWD, Panaji for nearly 23 Kms.
In the month of March, central government has conveyed it’s Technical, Administrative and Financial sanction of Rs.75.46 Cr for the long pending Land Acquisition for 4-Laning of NH-66 from Char-Rasta (Canacona) to Bendurdem (Quepem) at an approximate distance of 23 Kms, including the troublesome the Karmalghat Sharp curve at 581/850 km and narrow Gulem road.
While in a communiqué in last September the MoRTH Regional Office at Mumbai conveying the Annual Plan for FY2022-23 for the State of Goa amounting to Rs.2228.78 Cr as technically approved by the competent authority of the ministry, had also informed the approved annual Plan for Goa for Financial Year 2022-23 includes works 7.97 Km 4-Laning of existing Canacona Bypass (Manohar Parrikar Canacona Bypass Road) ends (Maxem) to Polem border Checkpost as an cost of Rs. 177.34 Cr.
Land acquisition for 4-laning of NH-66 road from start of MPCBR at Char-rasta to Bendordem (Quepem) at a cost of 79 Cr and there is also rehabilitation of a Culvert in this section at a cost of Rs.1.5 Cr.
Land acquisition for 4-laning works from Bendordem to Uskini bandh(Cuncolim on NH-66 Road for an amount of Rs.298 Cr also finds mention in the approved Annual Plan for 2022-23.