Highway projects running behind schedule

By Accommodation Times Bureau

95 projects by NHAI and 126 projects by PWD’s & by BRO of National Highways have been delayed

New Delhi: Ninety five projects implemented by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and one hundred and twenty six projects of National Highways implemented by various State Public Works Departments (PWDs) & Border Roads Organization (BRO) have been delayed. These projects are at various stages of implementation and hence, actual time & cost over-run can be ascertained only after completion of the projects.
The delays have occurred due to various reasons such as delay in land acquisition, shifting of utilities, obtaining environment, forest clearances and railway approvals, poor performance of contractors and law & order problems in some States.
The steps taken by the Government to minimize the delays in completion of all its projects include setting up of Regional Offices by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) headed by Chief General Managers with adequate delegation of powers, setting up of special land acquisition units, setting up of High Powered Committees under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretaries of State Governments to resolve the bottlenecks relating to shifting of utilities, land acquisition issues, etc. Further, the delayed projects are closely monitored and periodically reviewed at the Headquarter as well as in the field units for expeditious completion.

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