The much awaited mining corridor planned to provide a dedicated route to ore laden truck may not materialize if the mandarins at the Paryavaran Bhavan of the Ministry of Environment and Forests have their way.
Faced with constant protests from locals against mining trucks hogging the roads and causing a lot of other problems including noise and dust pollution, a dedicated road for them was envisaged.
The nearly 17 kilometer long road skirting inhabited areas of Quepem and Sanquem talukas was sought to be constructed with funds from the government and also the mining firms contributing towards it.
Goa State Industrial Development Corporation (GSIDC) which is executing the project, has already tendered the work for the first phase which is the 8.86 km stretch from Uguem to Guddemol has already been tendered and is expected to be ready by next year.
However, it is in the second phase that the GSIDC is expecting trouble. The second phase is the 8.38 kms stretch from Guddemol to Capxem which includes about four kms of road passing through forest land.
While the State government has already sanctioned Rs. 20 crore for this project, a provision of Rs. 200 crore has been made by the government. However, the mining companies are reportedly waiting for the completion of the first phase and the MoEF clearance before contributing their share.
The first phase estimated to cost Rs. 65 crore has been tendered to Neeraj Cement Structurals Ltd.