347 road projects delayed due to delays in green clearances

September 6, 2012

As many as 347 road projects including those pertaining to Border Road Organisation (BRO) are awaiting green clearances, the government said today.

“A total of 347 cases including those with BRO are pending for environmental and forest clearances,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

However, he said the projects do not involve any cost escalation.

“Majority of the projects are being taken up on Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, which does not involve cost escalation,” Singh said.

Generally projects are started only after obtaining environment clearance, he said adding the Ministry was constantly pursuing such matters with Ministry of environment and Forests ( MoEF).

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