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NHAI extends deadline for bids for 3rd tranche of highways under TOT

NHAI extends deadline for bids for 3rd tranche of highways under TOT

New Delhi: The NHAI, which is eying an estimated Rs 4,995 crore from monetisation of third bundle of highway assets, has extended the deadline for receiving bids by a month on demand from investors, its Chairman NN Sinha said on Friday.

It plans to monetise nine highway stretches totalling 566.27 km in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu in the third tranche under toll operate and transfer (TOT) model.

"We have received requests from many investors for extending the date. We will extend the Expression of Interest (EoI) submission deadline by a month to October," Sinha said on the sidelines of a conference organised by Assocham here.

He said the fourth bundle of projects to be monetised is also ready and will be launched before the completion of the third round.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had invited bids for the third tranche on June 13 with bid due date of September 11 having an Initial Estimated Concession Value (IECV) of Rs 4,995.48 crore.

The first tranche had a total of nine stretches involving 681 km and was awarded to Macquarie, whose bid stood at Rs 9,682 crore, 55 per cent higher than NHAI's expectation of Rs 6,258 crore IECV.

The third auction is significant as it comes after an unsuccessful second one wherein investors quoted a discount to NHAI's base price following which it was cancelled.

The NHAI chairman also said four financial bids have been received for Z-Morh tunnel project in Jammu & Kashmir.

The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) has earlier foreclosed concession agreement for Z-Morh tunnel project and fresh tenders were invited with August 1, 2019 as the last date for submission of bids.

The project was earlier allotted to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), but the contractor abandoned it after IL&FS Group started facing financial crisis.

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