Bhopal: The dream project of the Madhya Pradesh government, the ambitious Atal Progress Way will be shifting 3 km from its original position away from the Chambal River, in order to protect a gharial sanctuary and a forest area. With this change, the cost of the project will be increased by Rs 500 crore to Rs 7500 crore.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is making the changes in this project after objections from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Union Environment Ministry, Dainik Bhaskar reported. According to the blueprint prepared for the new alignment, now this progress way will not pass through 162 villages of Sheopur, Morena, and Bhind, but through 204 villages.
Earlier its route was to go through the banks of the Chambal River, but there is a Chambal’s Gharial Century and about 403 hectares of dense forest in the way, so now the progress way has been shifted three km away from Chambal River. However, with this change, the total length of the Progress Way will be reduced from 312 km to 307 km.