Govt takes cog­nizance of ‘slow’ four-lan­ing of NH-24

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­por­ter­desk@hin­dus­tan­

BAREILLY: Tak­ing cog­nizance of Mon­day’s Hin­dus­tan Times re­port on de­lay in four-lan­ing of Bareilly-Si­ta­pur sec­tion on Na­tional High­way-24, the state gov­ern­ment on Tues­day sought re­port from the Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI).

The project to four-lane the ex­ist­ing 150-Km stretch be­tween Bareilly and Si­ta­pur started in 2011 but is far from com­ple­tion till date.

The stretch forms an im­por­tant sec­tion on the NH-24 which con­nects Luc­know to Delhi via Bareilly and Mo­rad­abad.

In its re­sponse, the NHAI in­formed the Pub­lic Work Depart­ment about the present state of the project and men­tioned rea­sons for the de­lay.

In­ter­est­ingly, the re­sponse points to­wards the on­go­ing drive of state gov­ern­ment to curb il­le­gal min­ing as a cause of de­lay.

“...due to ban on min­ing, in­ter­state

trans­porta­tion of mi­nor min­er­als, over­load­ing and ex­ces­sive strin­gent ap­pli­ca­tion of rules gov­ern­ing soil ex­trac­tion, the sched­ule has gone hay­wire,” reads the re­sponse by Chan­dan Vats Re­gional Of­fi­cer(RO) of NHAI to special sec­re­tary PWD Raj Shekhar.

Elu­ci­dat­ing his point, Chan­dan Vats said, “The process of procur­ing mi­nor min­er­als and even soil for the project has be­come very cum­ber­some af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new guide­lines by the re­cent gov­ern­ment.”

The of­fi­cer added that NHAI has raised this is­sues with con­cerned min­is­ters and of­fi­cials dur­ing var­i­ous meet­ing in last seven months but noth­ing much has changed.

These new reg­u­la­tions have slowed the on­go­ing work on the project. “Work on six of the eight fly­overs on the stretch has stopped due to non-avail­abil­ity of enough soil re­quired to build ramps.

This added with fall in sup­ply of mi­nor min­er­als have re­duced the progress of work by 50%,” com­plained San­jay To­mar, project in charge of Bareilly High­way Project Lim­ited(BHPL), the pri­vate firm han­dling con­struc­tion of the road.

Ac­cord­ing to BHPL of­fi­cials, the new guide­lines en­forced by the district ad­min­is­tra­tion have made it im­pos­si­ble for BHPL to pro­cure soils from lo­cal farm­ers. “Ear­lier, the max­i­mum time re­quired to buy soil was two days. Now it takes 40 days on av­er­age due to ex­ces­sive pa­per­work and clear­ance. This de­lay makes the pro­cure­ment eco­nom­i­cally less vi­able,” ex­plained a BHPL man­ager.

Apart from the cost, the de­lay might push the com­ple­tion date fur­ther.

Raj Shekhar has writ­ten to of­fi­cials in min­ing and min­eral depart­ment to di­rect their of­fi­cials to take re­quired ac­tion on the is­sue.

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