By Accommodation Times Bureau
Andhra Pradesh: There is no risk of losing Highways projects due to land acquisition problems in various States including those in the state of Andhra Pradesh. However, the projects are delayed due to various reasons such as delay in land acquisition, shifting of utilities, obtaining environmental / forest clearances and railway approvals for road over bridges (ROBs) / road under bridges (RUBs), arbitrations, court litigations and law & order problems in some States.
The steps taken by the Union Government to avoid delays in implementation of projects include setting up of Special Land Acquisition Units (SLAUs) in various States to carry out land acquisition activities under National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and to coordinate with the district level officials. These SLAUs are assisting in processing the notifications and also in disbursement of compensation awards and possession of land in these States. In other States where dedicated SLAUs are not set up, adequate manpower resources have been provided to Competent Authority of Land Acquisition, who is generally a revenue official, to the State Government(s), to carry out the land acquisition work.
Regional Offices headed by Chief General Managers (CGM) have been set up by NHAI for close monitoring of implementation of projects. High Powered Committee has been constituted in the States, where NHAI is operating, under Chief Secretary / Principal Secretaries of Public Works Departments, Revenue, Power and Water Supply apart from other State Government officials as Members. The RO / CGM of NHAI for concerned State have been nominated as Member Secretary. The Committee’s mandate is expeditious resolution of issues for faster implementation of project inter-alia, including land acquisition, shifting of utilities and rehabilitation and resettlement. Achievement of targets is being monitored closely. Projects are periodically reviewed at field and at HQs.