July 28, 2014
Dipak Dash |New Delhi:
October 31, 2013
The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan for the National Highways Inter connectivity Improvement Project in India to improve the national highway network’s connectivity with economically lagging and remote areas.
The project will focus on three low-income states – Rajasthan, Bihar and Orissa – and on less developed regions in Karnataka and West Bengal, a press release from the Bank said.
The release said that, In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of improving transport connectivity in remote and economically lagging areas which do not fall under the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP).
“Some 43% of the primary highway network, also known as the non-NHDP network, has been identified for development. Considerable stretches of the non-NHDP network requires strengthening and upgradation, and suffer from connectivity gaps. Substantial portions of these roads are intermediate or single-lane highways and have poor traveling conditions,” it said.
“Over the years India’s core highway network has seen significant improvement. However, over 40% of thenetwork suffers from major connectivity gaps and requires better maintenance and upgradation. These roads often serve as the primary or the sole transport link to several remote and economically lagging regions. By providing better connectivity and strong institutions, the project will help states achieve fastersocial and economic benefits,” said Mr Onno Ruhl, World Bank Country Director for India.
The National Highways Interconnectivity Improvement Project, approved on October 29, will upgrade and widen about 1,120 km of existing single/intermediate lane National Highways to two-lane in Bihar, Orissa and Rajasthan and in less developed regions of Karnataka and West Bengal.
Other key components of the project include enhancing the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to better manage the highway network.
Recognizing that road safety is a critical issue in the country today, the project will strengthen road safety management systems with the objective of reducing fatalities and serious injuries from road accidents in the country.
“Road safety in India continues to be a major concern. Road accident death rate in India is ten times the levels seen in the European Union and is costing the economy an estimated 3% of the GDP on an annual basis. This project will focus on road safety by strengthening capacity, improving data collection and training,” Mr Ruhl added.
The project will focus on improving road accident data collection and analysis at central and state levels through implementation of the Road Accident Database Management System (RADMS) in project states; strengthen road safety capacity at the central level; and focus on training.
“The project will contribute to economic growth both locally in the project area and at the regional level by removing barriers to connectivity. It will develop priority highways within the non-NHDP network; implement a range of contracting and institutional reform measures; and will have specific interventions for process improvements, network monitoring and management, and updating of standards and specifications, with particular emphasis on road safety,” said Mr Pratap Tvgssshrk, senior transport specialist and the project’s task team leader.
Overall the project will help road users have improved access to highways and transport services and benefit from the savings in travel time and transportation costs. Other expected positive outcomes of the project include improved access to a larger number of economic opportunities, better health services, better access to higher levels of education, and improved road safety.
The loan, from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 5-year grace period, and a maturity of 18 years, the release added.
October 10, 2013
By PTI |
The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Gujarat and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Gadu and Dwarka.
This road stretch links a number of sea ports on the western coast of India, apart from coastal places like Dwarka, Porbandar and Somnath.
The statement said the development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region and increase employment potential of local labourers for project activities.
September 27, 2013
(The government today approved two highways projects in Maharashtra, including JNPT Port road )
The projects for widening of four laning of Solapur- Yedeshi section of NH 211 and 6/8 laning of JNPT Port road project of Mumbai JNPT Port Road Company were approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
“The CCEA has given its approval for four laning of the Solapur-Yedeshi section of National Highway-211 under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT-Annuity) in Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern,” an official statement said.
The cost of the 99 km project is estimated to be Rs 1,057.82 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities.
The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in the state and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Solapur and Yedeshi.
Development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region and increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities, it said.
About the Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Port Road Project of the Mumbai JNPT Port Road Company (MJPRCL), the statement said it will be build on BOT-Annuity mode in Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern.
“The cost is estimated to be Rs 1943.37 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities,” it said.
The total length of the road will be approximately 43.912 kms of which 20.95 km will be of 6-laning and 22.962 kms will be of 8-laning, it added.
The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in the state and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, going towards JNPT.
The project corridor highway consists of NH-4B and NH-348. This network connects the JNPT, including its proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport in Maharashtra.
Development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region of Maharashtra, the statement said, adding, it will also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities.
September 27, 2013
By PTI |
(“The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has earmarked Rs 11,885 crore on the projects for this fiscal,” a Road Transport and Highways Ministry official said.)
NEW DELHI: Highways regulator NHAI has set a an expenditure target of Rs 11,885 crore for 2013-14 on its many projects, including flagship road building scheme NHDP.The NHAI is tasked to implement various road projects of about 50,000 kms, of which widening of about 21,000 km has already been completed.”The National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) has earmarked Rs 11,885 crore on the projects for this fiscal,” a Road Transport and Highways Ministry official told PTI.
The total cost of about 50,000 km projects is about Rs 2 lakh crore and about half of which has already been spent, the official said.
The National Highways Development Project (NHDP) aims to build 34,108 km in four phases and it has so far completed widening of 7,501 km while work is under way for 11,459 km more.
The balance of 15,148 kms are still to be awarded, the official said.
NHDP is a project to upgrade, rehabilitate and widen major highways in India to international standards.
Projects worth Rs 3 lakh crore are likely to be bid out under its seven phases.
Concerned over the slow progress of projects under NHDP, a Parliamentary panel had recently asked the ministry to take steps for expediting them in order to attract private investment.
The official said as far as other ambitious projects like North-South & East-West Corridors are concerned, only 372 km has been left for award of work as 611 km is under implementation, while the major chunk 6,159 has already been completed.
The North-South (NS) Corridor connects Srinagar with Kanyakumari, while the East-West (EW) corridor connects Porbandar with Silchar. The total length of the NS-EW network is 7,142 km.
The project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2009 but as per officials the same was delayed due to problems in land acquisition and law and order in some parts.
The Ministry has already taken the issue with state governments asking their support for expediting the project.
Approval for development of four laning of Solapur-Yedeshi section of NH 211 in the State of Maharashtra under NHDP Phase IV
September 25, 2013
Government of India
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for four laning of the Solapur-Yedeshi section of National Highway-211 in the state of Maharashtra under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT-Annuity) in Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern.
The cost is estimated to be Rs.1,057.82 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 99 kms.
The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in the State of Maharashtra and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Solapur and Yedeshi. This road stretch runs between the Solapur-Yedeshi section of NH-211. Development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region of the State of Maharashtra. It will also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities.
September 13, 2013
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its nod to two-laning of the Uniara-Nainwa-Hindoli-Jahajpur-Shahpura-Gulabpura section of NH-148D in Rajasthan for Rs 774.33 crore.
The government today approved a highways project worth Rs 774.33 crore in Rajasthan to be built under its flagship road building programme, National Highways Development Project (NHDP). “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for two-laning with Paved Shoulders of the Uniara-Nainwa-Hindoli-Jahajpur-Shahpura-Gulabpura section of NH-148D in Rajasthan under the NHDP Phase IV, on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis,” an official statement said. Also read: Law Min agrees to equity sales for PPP road projects The cost of the 204-km project has been estimated at Rs 774.33 crore. The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Rajasthan and also reduce the time and cost of travel particularly for heavy traffic plying on NH-148D between Uniara-Nainwa-Hindoli-Jahajpur-Shahpura-Gulabpura, an official statement said. This stretch connects three National Highways — NH-79, NH-12 and NH-116 — and passes through three districts of Bhilwara, Bundi and Tonk. This stretch will help in improving the socio-economic condition of this region of the State. It will also increase the employment potential for local labourers for project activities, the statement said.
June 20, 2013
The Golden Quadrilateral is a network of highways connecting India’s main cities.
Overall length of the Golden Quadrilateral is 5,846km.
The whole stretch of the Golden Quadrilateral was operational by 2012.
The Golden Quadrilateral project is phase I of the NHDP.
It is operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
Golden Quadrilateral is a network of highways connecting India’s four top metropolitan cities, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, thereby, forming a quadrilateral. The largest highway project in India, the Golden Quadrilateral project was launched in 2001 as part of National Highways Development Project (NHDP).
The overall length of the quadrilateral is 5,846km consisting of four / six lane express highways. The project was estimated to cost INR600bn ($13.2bn) but was completed at about half of the estimated costs, at INR308.58bn. The whole length of the quadrilateral was operational by January 2012.
An efficient road network is essential for a large country like India to maintain national integration and socio-economic development. India has a large network of highways maintained by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
These highways altogether account for just two percent of the country’s total road infrastructure but they carry 40% of the total national traffic.
NHAI’s Golden Quadrilateral project
The Golden Quadrilateral project is phase one of the NHDP. It establishes transportation links between major cities of India, such as New Delhi, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Mumbai and Pune (Maharashtra), Bangalore (Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Kolkata (West Bengal) and Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh).
The Golden Quadrilateral has four sections. Section I is a 1,454km stretch of National Highway 2 (NH2) from Delhi to Kolkata. It runs through Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It connects major cities in these states, such as Delhi, Faridabad, Mathura, Agra, Firozabad, Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi.
Section II is a 1,684km stretch from Kolkata to Chennai. It consists of NH6 (Kolkata to Kharagpur), NH60 (Kharagpur to Balasore) and NH5 (Balasore to Chennai). It passes through the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Section III is a 1,290km stretch from Chennai to Mumbai. It constitutes parts of NH4 (Mumbai to Bangalore), NH7 (Bangalore to Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu) and NH46 (Krishnagiri to nearby Chennai). It passes through Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Section IV is a 1,419km stretch between Mumbai and Chennai. It constitutes parts of NH 8 (Delhi to Kishangarh), NH 79A (Ajmer bypass), NH 79 (Nasirabad to Chittaurgarh) and NH 76 (Chittaurgarh to Udaipur). It passes through the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and New Delhi. It connects major cities which include Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Mumbai.
Planning and construction of the highway network connecting India’s main cities
The planning for the Golden Quadrilateral project was completed in 1999. It included construction of a few new express highways and extension of the existing road to four or six lanes. The project was officially started in 2001.
It was planned for completion by 2006, but land acquisition issues and re-negotiations with contractors delayed the progress of the project. The project was almost complete by January 2012, with a few smaller sections being renovated.
Contractors and financing behind the major Indian road project
Being a huge project, the construction of the Golden Quadrilateral was divided into several sections based on the state provinces. Construction contracts for each section were individually awarded.
Major contractors involved in the project are Larsen & Toubro, LG Engg. & Construction, Nagarjuna Construction, Consortium of GVK International and BSCPL, IRCON International, Punj Lloyd, Progressive Construction, ECSB-JSRC, B. Seenaiah & Co., Madhucon Projects, Sadbhav Engg., KMC Construction, Gujarat Public Works Department, SKEC – Dodsal, MSRDC, Mumbai, Skanska Cementation India, Hindustan Construction Company, RBM – PATI, Unitech, CIDBI Malaysia and PATI – BEL.
The financing for the project is obtained from the taxes on petrol and diesel, which accounts to INR200bn, INR200bn through external assistance, INR100bn from market borrowings and INR40bn from private sector participation.
The project has been executed through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the NHAI and the corresponding contractors.
The contractors will collect the toll taxes for a specified concession period.
Future plans for the Golden Quadrilateral and the NHDP
Some sections between key areas on the highways NH2, NH5 and NH8 of the Golden Quadrilateral are planned to be extended to six lanes to make it an expressway and ensure smooth flow of traffic. The extension will be done on a design, finance, build and operate basis.
In September 2011, infrastructure group GMR won an Rs72bn ($1.4bn) contract from the NHAI to widen the 555km Kishangarh-Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway from four lanes to six.
The section forms part of the Delhi-Mumbai Golden Quadrilateral corridor. The company will construct about 3,336 lane kilometres and operate the highway for 26 years under the design, finance, build and operate concession.
January 23, 2013
India is set to construct a six-lane expressway that will connect Ludhiana in the state of Punjab with the capital Delhi, at an estimated cost of $200bn ($3.68bn).
The new 357km Delhi-Ludhiana Expressway, which is expected to reduce the distance between the two cities by almost 50km, has received approval from the states of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. The route map for the new project will be finalised by February 2013.
India’s Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi told reporters that the cost of the expressway per km will be around Rs400m ($7.3m), as well as Rs50bn ($919.3m) that will be invested on land acquisition.
The new expressway will start from outer Delhi and feature a 266km-long stretch that passes through the Sonipat, Safidon, Asandh, Kaithal districts in Haryana and Samana and Nabha districts in Punjab. It will also include a 91km-long node to ease connectivity to Chandigarh.
Joshi said that townships will be allowed develop alongside the expressway nodes and will be given exclusive connectivity to the new road.
“We would discuss the cross subsidy model from real estate for funding the project once the alignment is finalised,” he added.
“We have also appointed PWD Secretaries of the three states as the nodal officers for the expressway project,” the minister said.
The new expressway is one of the seven expressways announced by the government under the flagship highways building programme NHDP VI.
In October 2011, the government had granted approval for the construction of 1,000km of expressways in the country.
December 3, 2012
NEW DELHI: The government today said pace of awarding road projects is slow in the current fiscal due to a host of reasons, including poor market sentiment.
“The pace of award of projects is slow due to various constrains like poor market sentiments, shortage of equity of developers, lender’s pre-condition of 80 per cent possession of land…,” Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways Sarvey Sathyanarayana said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The exposure limit of banks for infrastructure projects reaching to its pinnacle and Supreme Court’s ban on quarrying of stones and pure earth, used in road construction, are also posing problems.
The Minister, however, said out of the 6,089 km National Highways targeted to be developed/improved during the current fiscal under NHDP (National Highways Development Project) and non-NHDP schemes, 2,493 km have been developed till September.
Sathyanarayana said 32 projects, aggregating 3,750 km, are proposed to be taken up with 100 per cent Government funding in various states on engineering, procurement and construction mode as these were not viable to be developed on Built Operate Transfer (BOT) mode.
In another reply, Sathyanarayana said that a proposal amounting to Rs 156.79 crore was received for development of the existing four-lane carriageway to six-lane carriageway passing through Ghaziabad on NH-24.
“… the same was returned unapporved as the work was not included in the Annual Plan 2012-13,” he said.