UP govt’s span­ner in high­way works

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New Delhi: Are­cent de­mand from the Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion for trans­fer of state gov­ern­ment land by NHAI has stumped the high­way build­ing agency. On Mon­day, its chair­man N N Sinha flagged it at a pub­lic meet­ing, which was at­tended by Union high­ways min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari and UP deputy chief min­is­ter Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya.

Sinha said this was one of the is­sues that was com­ing in the way of faster roll­out of high­way projects in the state. Re­spond­ing promptly, Mau­rya said they will ad­dress the is­sue soon to en­sure the state gets high­est pri­or­ity from the Cen­tre.

Sinha said about 1,800 of high­way de­vel­op­ment works were un­der way in UP. But there were con­cerns such as poor qual­ity data with re­gard to de­tails of res­i­den­tial plots. He said while NHAI gets gov­ern­ment land free, the UP gov­ern­ment had sought com­pen­sa­tion.


“There is also an is­sue with re­gard to sign­ing of State Sup­port Agree­ment (SSA), which is key to faster build­ing of high­ways. We re­quest the state gov­ern­ment to fast­track sign­ing of the agree­ment. We are keen to un­der­take more projects in UP,” he said.

Sinha also flagged how NHAI is still wait­ing for land for about 2 km for the green­field por­tion of Delhi-Meerut Ex­press­way. The high­ways au­thor­ity tar­gets to com­plete con­struc­tion of this stretch by March.

“We are keen to see ac­cel­er­ated con­struc­tion of na­tional high­ways in the state. We will re­solve all prob­lems quickly. Things have changed since this gov­ern­ment has come in the state. If there is any­thing that we need to fix, we will do it soon,” Mau­rya said.

Speak­ing at the event, Union road trans­port sec­re­tary San­jeev Ran­jan said the Cen­tre was tak­ing sev­eral steps, in­clud­ing ex­pan­sion of high­ways and 100% im­ple­men­ta­tion of FasTag to make the high­way travel seam­less.

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