‘NHAI’s 20-km per day road construction a distant dream’

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport,Tourism and Culture has pulled up the National Highways Authority for its laggard pace in completing projects. It has called NHAI’s 20 kilometer per day target for highway construction as a ‘distant dream’

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 3:10:37 am

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport,Tourism and Culture has pulled up the National Highways Authority for its laggard pace in completing projects. It has called NHAI’s 20 kilometer per day target for highway construction as a ‘distant dream’.

“NHAI is not in a position to complete any project whether it is NHDP or non-NHDP within the scheduled period,although financing has not been an issue for them. NHAI is adding projects after projects without achieving the targets,” the House panel said.

The pace of construction has dwindled from 13.72 km per day 2009-10,to 10.15 km in 2011-12,the panel said adding that this slide in achieving the target shows inadequate planning and improper execution by the NHAI.

As per data furnished by the ministry of road transport and highways,eight contracts for Golden Quadrilateral are still under implementation while 69 contracts for the North,South and East,West corridors are also being executed.

The panel,headed by CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury has also castigated the ministry of road transport and highways for not appointing a full-time chief for the NHAI. “The premier road infrastructure provider of the country is functioning without a chairman for the last two years. It must be telling upon the implementation of our road projects,” the report said.

While a selection committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth had shortlisted three candidates the government is yet to take a decision.

The panel has also pulled up the ministry for not fully utilising the funds allocated. “Savings on the allocation shows the failure on part of the ministry in proper planning and execution of various road projects,” it has said.

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