​NHAI cancels Rs 535cr project for 4-lane road in Coimbatore

October 9, 2013

Julie Mariappan, TNN |

CHENNAI: Yet another central government project in Tamil Nadu has been stalled with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) cancelling the contract for a new four-lane Coimbatore-Mettupalayam road, an extension of the existing NH67, citing lack of support from the state government. The 535 crore plan is the third major NHAI project to be halted in the state after the Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated road and widening of the Trichy-Karaikudi highway.In a letter to the Union transport ministry on Tuesday, NHAI general manager (Tamil Nadu) I S Rana said the work order, to be given to the contractor, could not be signed due to non-availability of land. “With the state government withdrawing the consent for the alignment, there is no likelihood of making the land available for the project. Since it cannot be kept in abeyance indefinitely, the matter for withdrawal of work order was placed before the NHAI board and approved,” he said.

NHAI has asked the ministry to entrust the existing highway stretch back to the state government for maintenance and development.

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