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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:11 PM   #1621
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NHAI invites bids for widening NH 66 in Goa-Kundapur sector

A 350-metre long and 12-metre wide elevated highway planned at Maravanthe


The 187-km stretch on the National Highway 66 between Kundapur and Goa border via Karwar is all set for widening with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) inviting bids (Request For Proposal) for taking up the work.

The last date for receiving the RFP would be March 30, 2012, according to a February 16, 2012, notification by the NHAI available in the public domain.

Official sources told The Hindu that the NHAI had invited bids after Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPAC), under the Union Department of Economic Affairs, Union Ministry of Finance, approved the project recently. The project would cost around Rs. 1,655 crore, they said.

PPAC is an inter-ministerial committee in charge of approving infrastructure projects. According to the February 16 notification by the NHAI, it had shortlisted 35 companies who were eligible for bidding for taking up the project. The companies had been shortlisted after evaluating their December 5, 2011, applications for their request for qualification (RFQ) for bidding.

According to the notification, the stretch of the highway would be widened as four/six lanes under phase IV of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP). It would be taken up under Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Transfer (DBFOT) Toll basis.

The stretch proposed for widening was part of the 296-km highway from Goa border (near Karwar) to Kerala border (near Talapady) in the State.

The stretch between Kundapur and Talapady, via Mangalore, on the same highway is now being widened by the NHAI under phase III of the NHDP. With the new project on the anvil, the highway passing through Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts via Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Kundapur, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Thokkottu, and Talapady is all set to get a facelift.

A main feature under the project is an elevated highway of 350-metre length and 12-metre width which would come up at Maravanthe, a tourist spot, where the existing highway passes through a narrow stretch between the sea and the river.

The elevated highway would be built across the river while the surface level of the existing highway would be raised by about a metre and strengthened, sources said.

Quoting the final feasibility report of the project prepared by a private company, the sources said that 14 major bridges, 41 minor bridges, six road-over-bridges (RoBs), and three road-under-bridges (RuBs) would be built.

Four tunnels and an equal number of flyovers would be built.

There would be 53 bus bays and four truck bays.

The Government would have to acquire 260 hectares of private land in 66 villages and 122 hectares of forestland for completing the project, the sources said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle2915356.ece
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Old February 21st, 2012, 08:14 PM   #1622
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NHAI earned Rs 110 cr from e-way but refuses to spend on facilities

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has failed to improve infrastructure on the Gurgaon expressway even after it got its share of Rs. 50 crore from the total toll collection of Rs 640 crore till December 2011. Besides, the NHAI also has in its kitty the negative grant of R61 crore
from the concessionaire firm at the time of issuing the tender in 2005.

In total, the NHAI earned Rs. 111 crore from the Gurgaon expressway project.

But the authority continues to be at loggerheads with the Haryana government over sharing project costs of proposed underpasses and pedestrian bridges.

More than 300 people, mainly pedestrians, have died in accidents on the expressway since it was opened in 2008.

As per the terms and conditions of the concessionaire agreement, the toll operator and NHAI share the amount of toll collected on 50% basis only when the daily traffic volume crosses 1.3 lakh vehicles.

The traffic volume had crossed this benchmark in the very second month of the launch of the expressway in February 2008 and since then NHAI has been receiving 50 % of the toll collection over and above the 1.3 lakh vehicles.

The average daily traffic volume on Gurgaon expressway these days is 1.9 lakh.


Sources in NHAI said the total spending so far on the expressway has been around R6 crore for three footover bridges and R13 crore for erecting fences on the median.

“In a meeting last month when we took up the issue of rising fatal accidents on the expressway due to lack of underpasses and FOBs, NHAI officials said they had set up three FOBs at a cost of about R6 crore. The NHAI has earned over R100 crore from the project but is still fighting with the Haryana government for sharing cost of proposed infrastructure projects,” said RS Rathee, president of Gurgaon Citizen's Council.

Ratan Singh, chairman of the Federation of RWAs (FORWA), said the lack of pedestrian crossing facilities between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza had proved fatal for residents living along the stretch.

“The traffic police data has revealed that the maximum number of deaths occurred on this stretch. We have decided to launch an agitation and also move court against NHAI for not improving the infrastructure here. It is a pity that the NHAI continues to look towards the state government for shelling out the total R314 crore estimated cost of the proposed underpasses and footover bridges,” Rathee added.

NHAI officials were not available for comment.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-...e1-814531.aspx
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 10:16 AM   #1623
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NHAI has scrapped the deal with DSC. it was the headline on front page.
HC will give the final descision
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 05:43 PM   #1624
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NHAI invites bids for widening NH 66 in Goa-Kundapur sector

A 350-metre long and 12-metre wide elevated highway planned at Maravanthe


The 187-km stretch on the National Highway 66 between Kundapur and Goa border via Karwar is all set for widening with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) inviting bids (Request For Proposal) for taking up the work.

The last date for receiving the RFP would be March 30, 2012, according to a February 16, 2012, notification by the NHAI available in the public domain.

Official sources told The Hindu that the NHAI had invited bids after Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPAC), under the Union Department of Economic Affairs, Union Ministry of Finance, approved the project recently. The project would cost around Rs. 1,655 crore, they said.

PPAC is an inter-ministerial committee in charge of approving infrastructure projects. According to the February 16 notification by the NHAI, it had shortlisted 35 companies who were eligible for bidding for taking up the project. The companies had been shortlisted after evaluating their December 5, 2011, applications for their request for qualification (RFQ) for bidding.

According to the notification, the stretch of the highway would be widened as four/six lanes under phase IV of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP). It would be taken up under Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Transfer (DBFOT) Toll basis.

The stretch proposed for widening was part of the 296-km highway from Goa border (near Karwar) to Kerala border (near Talapady) in the State.

The stretch between Kundapur and Talapady, via Mangalore, on the same highway is now being widened by the NHAI under phase III of the NHDP. With the new project on the anvil, the highway passing through Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts via Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Kundapur, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Thokkottu, and Talapady is all set to get a facelift.

A main feature under the project is an elevated highway of 350-metre length and 12-metre width which would come up at Maravanthe, a tourist spot, where the existing highway passes through a narrow stretch between the sea and the river.

The elevated highway would be built across the river while the surface level of the existing highway would be raised by about a metre and strengthened, sources said.

Quoting the final feasibility report of the project prepared by a private company, the sources said that 14 major bridges, 41 minor bridges, six road-over-bridges (RoBs), and three road-under-bridges (RuBs) would be built.

Four tunnels and an equal number of flyovers would be built.

There would be 53 bus bays and four truck bays.

The Government would have to acquire 260 hectares of private land in 66 villages and 122 hectares of forestland for completing the project, the sources said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle2915356.ece
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Coming back to the topic of developing highways in stretches,this is another example where the 90 km stretch of NH 66(old NH 17) is under construction from Talapady to Kundapur and the project started way back in Sep 2010.
Now another stretch of the Highway from Goa border to kundapur under consideration.
If these two stretches would have been taken at the same time,then already around 300 km of the highway would have been under progress.
What I am trying to say is even if they take stretches of highway for widening,why dont they allot different stretches to different companies at one go.
That would build more stretches of highway progressing real fast.
Is the highway from Goa border to Panvel where NH 66 ends is Four lane???
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Old February 25th, 2012, 10:16 PM   #1625
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Road building in 2011

The verdict is out for NHDP progress in 2011. Here are the numbers in km built (including 2 laning, 4 laning and 6 laning):

Total length build: 1887

Breakdown -
NHDP I (GQ): 20
NHDP II (NS-EW): 467
NHDP III: 1055
NHDP V: 266
NHDP VII (urban highways like ring roads, etc): 7
SARDP-NE (highway building in NE): 5
Port Connectivity: 49
Others (assortment of a few other projects, mostly in TN): 18

Pace of road building: 5.17 km / day

A far cry from govt's stated goal of 20 km / day.

Note that these figures don't include highway building by state govt's, but they should account for over 90% of 4/6 laning activity in the country.

Here are the status reports from NHAI website for end of 2010 and end of 2011:



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Old February 26th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #1626
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with a steep increase in implementation i hope we could get to 8km/ day, 12 km/ day & 15 km / day by 2012,2013 & 2014 respectively.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #1627
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with a steep increase in implementation i hope we could get to 8km/ day, 12 km/ day & 15 km / day by 2012,2013 & 2014 respectively.
They can probably go up to 10km / day over next 3 years if they push hard, but anything beyond that would require fundamental changes to the model NHAI is using for road building (including land acquisition policy reforms). I'm not holding my breath until UPA is in power!
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Old February 27th, 2012, 01:01 PM   #1628
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it has nothing to do with UPA, 7000 km of road projects is hell lot.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 03:42 PM   #1629
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Man I became sick of Kamal Nath bragging about his 7200km/year plan. Every single media platform he would get, he would keep reminding us of his pipe dream. Similar story with Kapil "Zero Loss" Sibal's Akaash tablet which has disappointed so far.

Now if Anand Sharma's National Manufacturing Policy (which aims to create 100 million formal sector jobs by 2025) disappoints, we are screwed (more hawkers, more slums, more inequality between skilled and unskilled workers).
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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #1630
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Man I became sick of Kamal Nath bragging about his 7200km/year plan. Every single media platform he would get, he would keep reminding us of his pipe dream. Similar story with Kapil "Zero Loss" Sibal's Akaash tablet which has disappointed so far.

Now if Anand Sharma's National Manufacturing Policy (which aims to create 100 million formal sector jobs by 2025) disappoints, we are screwed (more hawkers, more slums, more inequality between skilled and unskilled workers).
Do u know why Kamal Nath want to award more and more projects?????

The answer is that he is famous as Mr. 15%.

Yes, that right he takes 15% cut in every project

And it is said by none other then the former chief Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr. Tarun Das.



He is not a politician so one can't say he have said just to ruin Kamal Nath's Image.

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He spent 35 years with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), became its face, and sometimes, its voice. Tarun Das, 70, who recently retired as the Chief Mentor of India’s premier industry body, has made the CII what it is today.

He enjoyed great respect within the organisation and the government.

That’s why he was asked to become a member of the Satyam board when it was in the throes of a crisis.


When he joined, there were two rival associations in Calcutta, one representing the interests of the British firms and the other of Indian engineering firms.

Das pushed for opening up of the economy and deeper reforms.

It was Das’ initiative that resulted in their merger and re-birth as the Association of Indian Engineering Industry (AIEI).
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“Highway construction and road construction is a big priority. He (Kamal Nath) is a doer, he can make his 15 per cent in this. You can do national service and also make money...,” says Das in the tapes.

Radia allegedly responds: “This is still an ATM (automated teller machine).”
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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #1631
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Man I became sick of Kamal Nath bragging about his 7200km/year plan. Every single media platform he would get, he would keep reminding us of his pipe dream. Similar story with Kapil "Zero Loss" Sibal's Akaash tablet which has disappointed so far.

Now if Anand Sharma's National Manufacturing Policy (which aims to create 100 million formal sector jobs by 2025) disappoints, we are screwed (more hawkers, more slums, more inequality between skilled and unskilled workers).
not gonna happen without labor reforms. no bill or policy can fix the rot which is the Indian Labor Law. These new bills can only go so far - for theres no point in applying a bandaid on a tumor. anyways- back to highways
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The verdict is out for NHDP progress in 2011. Here are the numbers in km built (including 2 laning, 4 laning and 6 laning):
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Pace of road building: 5.17 km / day

A far cry from govt's stated goal of 20 km / day.

I think there might be a difference in interpretation here. Is there an official definition for 'already 4-laned kms' - the variable you've used to calculate that 5.17 figure?

Let's say there's a 100 km highway of which 70 kms has been 4 laned and opened to traffic. Do these 70 kms count in the 'already 4-laned' or 'Under Implementation' row?

Usually a project is termed as 'complete' only after it has been entirely executed. If those 70 kms are still attributed to the 'Under Implementation' stage (most likely) then that would really bump up the avg built kms/day stat which Nath might be referring to.
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I think there might be a difference in interpretation here. Is there an official definition for 'already 4-laned kms' - the variable you've used to calculate that 5.17 figure?

Let's say there's a 100 km highway of which 70 kms has been 4 laned and opened to traffic. Do these 70 kms count in the 'already 4-laned' or 'Under Implementation' row?

Usually a project is termed as 'complete' only after it has been entirely executed. If those 70 kms are still attributed to the 'Under Implementation' stage (most likely) then that would really bump up the avg built kms/day stat which Nath might be referring to.
Actually, no. NHAI counts every km built (even fraction of km built) on each highway under implementation to come up with these numbers. In fact, you can track km's completed on each highway under implementation month by month on the website. Try this link for monthly progress reports:
http://www.nhai.org/mismenu.asp

So, in your example, 70km would get counted as "already 4 laned". If they counted only highway stretches (projects) completely done, the number would come down by a lot.
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^ Thanks for making that clear.

Didn't know they had a proper external MIS in place.
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After all these contracts are completed, all single numbered highways in the old numbering system (NH1, 2, 3, ...9) would have been 4/6 laned. NH2, 4, 5, and 8 got covered in NHDP I, NH1 and 7 got covered in NHDP II and NH3, 6 and 9 got covered in NHDP III and IV. Only a couple of small stretches will be left I think - one on NH6 and a very small one of NH7 - they should get awarded in the next fiscal.

It's a great milestone, as these are the most important highways in the country, connecting the length and breadth of the country!
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^ Thanks for making that clear.

Didn't know they had a proper external MIS in place.
Yeah, quite impressive actually, for a govt dept! I have been saving monthly progress numbers every month for last 5-6 years.
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They can probably go up to 10km / day over next 3 years if they push hard, but anything beyond that would require fundamental changes to the model NHAI is using for road building (including land acquisition policy reforms). I'm not holding my breath until UPA is in power!
The UPA will hit 10km per day eventually and that's good for a country like India where land acquisition is not so easy...5km/per day is a good for 2011, we will hit 8km this year for sure...
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Actually, no. NHAI counts every km built (even fraction of km built) on each highway under implementation to come up with these numbers. In fact, you can track km's completed on each highway under implementation month by month on the website. Try this link for monthly progress reports:
http://www.nhai.org/mismenu.asp

So, in your example, 70km would get counted as "already 4 laned". If they counted only highway stretches (projects) completely done, the number would come down by a lot.
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IL&FS Transportation Networks today said it has emerged as the lowest bidder for a National Highways Authority of India's (NHAI) project in West Bengal and Odisha.

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