Gadkari to meet NHAI officials, developers for expediting work

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2017 11:01:16


 

NEW DELHI,

 

The highways building pace has reached 28 km a day now from 2 km a day when the BJP Government had taken charge and the target is to take it to 40 km a day by March next year, said Gadakri

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said a meeting of highway developers and officials from the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) and the Road Ministry will soon be convened for expediting highway projects.


It assumes significance in the wake of highway builders’ body National Highways Builders Federation (NHBF) taking a strong exception to the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) move to put in public domain the names of as many as 20 companies, including Larsen & Toubro and HCC, that were barred from bidding for highways projects and saying it had no authority to do so.


“I will soon chair a meeting of highway developers and officials of NHAI besides the Ministry to ensure that highway projects are expedited,” Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister told PTI. The Minister said the Government is also trying to reduce the turnaround time of highway projects to significantly enhance the construction pace.


The highways building pace has reached 28 km a day now from 2 km a day when the BJP Government had taken charge and the target is to take it to 40 km a day by March next year, Gadakri said. The meeting of the Minister with highway developers and NHAI officials is expected to address the prevailing issue. But, when asked, Gadkari did not comment on NHAI’s move to upload a list of terminated contracts on its website which was later withdrawn.