By Accommodation Times News Service
A large number of National Highway Projects have been delayed due to land acquisition. The issue of land acquisition has been taken up by the National Highways Authority of India with the State Governments by holding regular meetings for expediting the acquisition of land besides taking action. These include-
(i) Regional offices headed by Chief General Manager (CGM) have been set up for effective monitoring of implementation of projects;
(ii) Adequate powers have been delegated to the CGMs of Regional Offices in land acquisition;
(iii) High Powered Committees have been set up by State Governments with Chief Secretaries as Nodal Officer for National Highway Development Project (NHDP) and the Regional CGMs as a Member thereof
(iv) Special Land Acquisition Units (SLAU) have been set up in some States;
(v) Signing of State Support Agreement (SSA).
Since the proposed Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 has not been enacted; it is pre-mature to make any comment on escalation of the costs of National Highways projects on its enactment.
List of some projects all over country being delayed: