The proposed four-laning of national highway project between Kota and Jhalawar by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been foreclosed. The Ministry of Environment and Forests' has refused the road project plan, as it involved felling of trees and will also runs through the Darrah wildlife sanctuary and affect the tiger reserve there badly.
A four-lane highway stretch of 88.06 km was proposed by the NHAI. Of the total, 54 km road alignment was impacting 273 hectares of forest cover.
The NHAI had pleaded the State government to accord consent of the forest department for the past two years but in vain. "The project has been 'foreclosed' as the construction work on 70 per cent of the proposed alignment cannot be taken up due to refusal by the MOEF, said a NHAI official.