The Nagpur-Bhandara road will soon be turned into a six-lane stretch. The modification works will kick off in the next three months. A tender for the same has been floated by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The center has given an in-principle approval and the ultimate nod is just about to be received.
According to an official of NHAI, the new road will be 45km. The estimated cost of construction will be Rs. 980 crores.
“It will start beyond Pardi where the four-lane road starts,” he added.
Along with this project, NHAI is also planning to construct a four-lane road connecting Nagpur with Katol. This road will be 60-km-long and is deemed to cost Rs. 1,390 crores. Meanwhile, another four-laned road of Nagpur-Umred will cost Rs. 654 crore. The length of this road will be 41kms.
An unnamed official stated his regret in the delay of the NHAI projects in Nagpur.
“While we are ahead of target in Vidarbha, the situation is the reverse in the city. The main reason is failure of local bodies to remove encroachments due to which we don’t get possession of land on time,” he said.
The official even condemned Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), saying: “The officials are utmost reluctant to remove the encroachments. Every time we have to seek the intervention of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis or Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari to make them do their job.”
He even went on the slam the district collector.
“We are ready to rehabilitate the encroachers but we need land for that purpose. However, we are yet to get it. This is delaying our projects,” he said.
On reminding him that NHAI has allocated a sum of Rs. 6 crores for setting up a hawkers’ market in Pardi, he says: “All the hawkers, who do business along the national highway in Pardi will be shifted there. Instead of sitting by the roadside they will have proper shops. We have sought 4 hectares for the project but the district administration is callous about it. This is delaying the Pardi flyover.”
He further added, “We have also sought 5 hectares for constructing a truckers’ plaza at the cost of Rs 5 crore. The truck drivers who park their vehicle along Kamptee Road can shift there. We have not got the land in this case too.”
The official even revealed how because of the time lag in handing over the project sites to NHAI, the contractors are incurring heavy losses.
“The contractors have brought their machinery and hired workers. They are unnecessarily bearing overhead costs and constantly complaining to us,” he said.
Ashwin Mudgal, the city municipal commissioner disapproved that allegations and said there was no complaint from NHAI to the NMC. “We are jointly sorting out problems,” he added.
Information source: timesofindia
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