Harayana’s roadway project all set to proceed on build-transfer model

The concession agreement of development of Rai Malikpur (Rajasthan border)–Narnaul–Mahendergarh– Dadri–Bhiwani–Kharak corridor in Haryana project was signed by PWD (B&R) with IVRCL in presence of chief secretary and additional chief secretary PW (B&R) on Friday.

According to officials, ‘The project corridor costing Rs 1,605 crore and having a length of 151 km serves as a major interstate North-South connectivity between the States like Rajasthan, Gujrat and Maharashtra to northern states such as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh  and Jammu & Kashmir besides Haryana. This road is also of immense importance because of the presence of stone quarries in its vicinity. Trucks carrying stone aggregates and boulders ply on this road to supply construction materials to different sites in Mahendragarh, Rohtak and other districts.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda Chief Minister and Mahender Partap Singh, Public Works minister, Haryana had been monitoring this project and as a result of their efforts, the project is being grounded in a minimum possible time.

The project involves widening from two-lane to four -lane divided carriageway starting from Rajasthan border to Nangal Choudhary-Narnaul- Mahendragarh-Dadri-Bhiwani upto Kharak. The project highway includes four new four-lane bypasses of Nangal Choudhary (4.305 km), Narnaul (8 km), Nangal Shirohi (3.475 km) and Bhiwani (8.9 km). The project also includes construction of two new four laned ROBs one each on Narnaul Bypass and Bhiwani Bypass. One additional two lane ROB will be constructed at Mahendergarh.

The project also includes construction of 12 minor bridges and 154 culverts. 62 bus lay byes, Six truck lay byes and 5 km length of service roads will be provided to facilitate traffic.

The detailed project report was initially prepared for up gradation of corridor under World Bank Loan scheme. Later it was decided to upgrade the corridor on design , build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis on PPP mode, keeping in view the heavy cost involved and huge amount of interest payable to the World Bank . Pre-construction activities such as diversion of forest land, land acquisition, environmental clearance and shifting of utilities.

The process of land acquisition is almost complete. Stage-I approval for diversion of forest land has also been received. The proposals of construction of ROBs also have been approved by railways. It is only because of these efforts that lenders supported the concessionaire for funding.
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