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JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority’s (JDA) ring road project clears the long pending obstacle as it received environmental clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forests.

An official informed, after receiving a nod from the Centre, the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) gave the final nod. “Near Muhana village, a portion of the road having an area of 5.51 hectare (nearly 19 bigahs) is passing through the forest area. After the permission has been given, the project clears the hurdle.”

Earlier, the forest department had shot a letter to the JDA suggesting it reduce the width of road passing inside the forest area. However, after the permission, it is expected that the civic body will not alters the road alignment. “The forest department has suggested on reduction of width of the road by up to 60 metre, as per the provision. The JDA has proposed 90 metre transport corridor,” said a senior engineer.

Before issuing permission, the forest department has also demanded that trees be planted in three rows along with the ring, road along the portion which will pass through the forest. The department will direct the JDA about the type of trees to be planted. “The JDA has submitted an undertaking on maintaining the plants for the next 10 years in the forest department,” an official added.

Also, return of land which will be provided by the forest department in lieu of the area provided for the plantation should also be done by JDA. Moreover, the JDA should construct a wall in the Muhana forest area and a pucca house for forest guards.

Official believe, this will expedite the work as JDA has entire possession of land. Till date, JDA has nearly taken possession of 47-km land.

As per the detailed project report, after giving the entire land acquisition work to the contracted company, it will take nearly 21 months to complete the entire project. The ring road will be taken up in two phases, where Agra road will be connected with Tonk road and Ajmer road in phase-I. The project consists of a six-lane control expressway, a three-lane service road and an investors’ development corridor. Once constructed, all heavy vehicles will be diverted to the ring road, giving a major relief to city roads.

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