New Delhi, December 13: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has completed 1566 km length of the projects under implementation till November 2017 (5,060 lane km) in FY 2017-18.  The average in last 5 years of length constructed by NHAI is 2,175 Km with 2,628 Km constructed in FY 2016-17.  This year the highway authority is targeting to construct 3,500 Km. The work on 12 new projects that cover 597 Km has begun and will start soon on another 38 projects (covering 1969 Km).

The banks/ financial institutions are now showing a keen interest in Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) and financial closure of HAM projects are now happening smoothly. Moreover, NHAI has invited bids for projects of 4,900 km till November 2017, while bids for another 3,500 km are likely to be invited by December end, taking the total upto 8400 km.  Further projects for bidding during Jan-March, 2018 will be identified around the 4th week of December, 2017.  Projects costing Rs. 22,100 crore and covering 1170 Km have already been awarded so far and the bids for many other projects are under evaluation.

Some of the projects that were bid out this year include:-

  • Dwarka Expressway in Delhi;
  • Varanasi Ring Road Phase-II in Uttar Pradesh;
  • Khambataki Ghat 6-lane Tunnel on Pune – Satara Section in Maharashtra;
  • Jodhpur Ring Road in Rajasthan;
  • Bridge at Manihari Ghat (near Sahibganj) in Bihar;
  • 6-laning of Chordaha – Gorhar – Barwa Adda in Jharkhand;
  • 4-laning of Ghoshpukur – Salsalabari in West Bengal;
  • 4-laning of Bhopal – Biaora in Madhya Pradesh;
  • 4-laning of Cuttack – Angul Section in Odisha;
  • 6-laning of Bengaluru – Mysore Section in Karnataka;
  • Fully Access Controlled Expressway (Anandapuram-Pendurthi-Anakapalli) with connectivity to Visakhapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh

NHAI is making all-out efforts to achieve its target of awarding 10,000 km during 2017-18, as set by Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, and River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. The Authority is also gearing up to meet its target of completing Phase I of the recently approved “Bharatmala Pariyojana” within the next five years that is up to 2021-22. During the last 5 years NHAI’s average award has been 2,860 Km, with 4,335 Km awarded in FY 2016-17.

While approving the Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Government had authorized NHAI Board to appraise and approve projects on Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) mode, which constitute 30% of the Pariyojana.  Accordingly, the NHAI Board constituted two appraisal committees for appraising projects costing more than Rs 500 Crore and internal appraisal committees for appraising projects upto Rs. 500 Crore, besides delegating power to Chairman to approve projects up to Rs. 500 Crore and to the Executive Committee of NHAI for projects costing Rs. 500-1,000 Crore.

As per a government press release, the Chairman of NHAI is reviewing the targets on a weekly basis while regional officers have been instructed to engage retired  Revenue Officials of the rank of ADM for each project so as to expedite the land acquisition.  The delays in starting the projects like disbursement of compensation, tree cutting permissions, etc. are also constantly monitored.