"Parliament panel asks highways minister to complete 888 delayed projects before announcing new ones"


15th Mar,2021


"Parliament panel asks highways minister to complete 888 delayed projects before announcing new ones"

Despondent over deferred roadway projects which add up to Rs 3.15 lakh crore, a parliamentary board has requested service from street transport and expressways to focus on their finishing as opposed to declaring new undertakings. The postponed 888 undertakings relate to development of 27,665 km of public parkways.The office related parliamentary standing board of trustees on transport, the travel industry and culture, in its most recent report postponed in Parliament likewise requested the public expressways authority from India (NHAI) to focus on its deferred street projects."The council is anguished to take note of that 888 street projects under the service are postponed as of now, which add up to Rs 3,15,373.3 crore including a length of 27,665.3 km," the 31-part board led by TG Venkatesh said.Delays in fruition of continuous street projects cause a colossal loss of time and more noteworthy utilization of fuel, to endless number of street clients the nation over, other than the increment in the undertaking cost that must be brought about by the service, it said. "The board of trustees wants the service to center and focus on finish of progressing postponed projects as opposed to declaring and granting new street projects in the country," it said. Noticing delays in projects in different states, it requested that the service develop a deferral goal mechanism.It said while Maharashtra has a strangely high number of postponed street projects when contrasted with different states, it is "similarly stressed over long postponements in consummation of four-laning project in Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Bihar Sharif area and the Patna-Gaya-Dobhi street project associating Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya.It communicated worries over other postponed projects including Goa to Karnataka and Goa boundary to Mumbai project other than development of a detour on NH 77 at Muzaffarpur, in Bihar and continuous street projects at Kaudiyala in Uttarakhand."The council suggests that the service may investigate the explanations for these deferrals and sort them out in order to finish these significant street projects at the most punctual", the panel said.It additionally communicated worry that against an objective of 6,469 km during the current financial, the service has had the option to grant just 2,517 km till January 2021.Likewise, the service has had the option to finish development of just 2,273 km, as against the objective of 4,571 km under the plan, it said."The board feels that if this pattern proceeds, it would not be feasible for the service to meet the focused on timetable for finishing of Bharatmala Pariyojna Phase - 1 by 2025-26, which is as of now falling four years behind the initially focused on fulfillment of Phase - 1 by FY 2021-22," it said. Communicating its dismay over an incredible Rs 97,115 crore obligation overhauling risk on NHAI, it additionally requested that the authority investigate rebuilding of existing obligation and search for alternatives to raise long haul reserves.