Parliamentary panel asks Highways Ministry to finish 888 delayed

Unhappy over postponed highway tasks which total up to Rs 3.15 lakh crore, a parliamentary panel has actually asked Ministry of Roadway Transportation and Highways to prioritise their conclusion rather of revealing brand-new projects.The delayed 888 jobs refer to construction of 27,665 km of nationwide highways The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transportation, Tourism and Culture, in its latest report tabled in Parliament likewise asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to prioritise its postponed road projects

“The committee is anguished to note that 888 road jobs under the Ministry are delayed at present, which total up to Rs 3,15,373.3 crore including a length of 27,665.3 km,” the 31-member panel chaired by TG Venkatesh stated.

Hold-ups in completion of continuous road tasks cause a big loss of time and higher intake of fuel, to numerous variety of roadway users throughout the nation, besides the increase in the job expense that has to be sustained by the Ministry, it said.”The committee desires the Ministry to focus and prioritise conclusion of ongoing postponed projects rather of revealing and granting new roadway projects in the nation,” it said.Noting delays in jobs in various states, it asked the Ministry to progress a delay-resolution mechanism.It said while Maharashtra has an abnormally high number of postponed road projects as compared to other states, it is “equally stressed over long hold-ups in conclusion of four-laning task in Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Bihar Sharif area and the Patna-Gaya-Dobhi roadway project linking Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya.It revealed issues over other postponed tasks including Goa to Karnataka and Goa border to Mumbai project besides building and construction of a bypass on NH 77 at Muzaffarpur, in Bihar and ongoing road tasks at Kaudiyala in Uttarakhand.”The committee advises that the Ministry may look into the factors behind these delays and sort them out so as to finish these crucial road tasks at the earliest.It also revealed issue that against a target of 6,469 km throughout the current fiscal, the Ministry has had the ability to award only 2,517 km till January 2021. Similarly, the Ministry has actually been able to total building of only 2,273 km, as versus the target of 4,571 km under the plan, it stated.”The committee feels that if this trend continues, it would not be possible for the Ministry to meet the targeted timeline for conclusion of Bharatmala Pariyojna Phase -1 by 2025-26, which is already lagging four years behind the initially targeted completion of Stage -1 by FY 2021-22,” it said.Expressing its annoyance over a tremendous Rs 97,115 crore financial obligation servicing liability on NHAI, it likewise asked the authority to check out restructuring of existing financial obligation and look for choices to raise long-term funds.

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