By Accommodation Times Bureau
Land acquisition (LA) for construction of national highway (NH) projects continues to face major hurdle in state.
As per official figures, award of about 330 hectares land which is needed under several NH works is pending. In addition to that, nearly 230 hectares of land is pending for declaration of final acquisition through publication of gazette notification by competent authority land acquisition (CALA).
According to officials of national highway authority of India, delay in providing land slows down pace of work and escalates cost. “LA for highway construction is a key problem across India so as in Rajasthan,” said a NHAI official adding, it is SDM or ADM who are CALA. For them, implementation of state government schemes is first priority and land acquisition figures very low in that.
Districts that are lagging behind in awarding land of NH are Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner and Udaipur. Though, officials claim that Rajasthan government has slammed its official asking to expedite the process.
Non-availability of land continues to delay construction of flyovers on Gurgaon-Jaipur stretch even seven years after work started on the corridor. As per policy decision, NHAI has decided not to invite any bids for road projects until it has completed the process of land acquisition and shifting of utilities and obtained in-principle forest clearance.