^^ good to see some progress - at last! :cheers:http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/07/stories/2009110756510800.htm
NH-9 expansion on course
NALGONDA: A total of 675 hectares has been acquired to facilitate four laning of 181 km stretch of Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway 9, said the Minister for Roads & Buildings Galla Aruna Kumari.
Speaking to the media at Suryapet on Friday, the Minister said the preparation of awards is under process in both Nalgonda and Krishna districts to acquire the remaining 428 hectares required for widening NH-9. The entire land acquisition process in 53 villages in Nalgonda district and 13 villages in Krishna district would be completed soon, she said.
Agreement reached : As per the agreement reached with the National Highway Authority, GMR Ltd would execute the four/six laning works in a stretch of 181 kms of Hyderabad-Vijayawada section on a BOT basis. The civil works are likely to commence in January, 2010, after achievement of financial closure, she said and added that the construction period was stipulated as 30 months from the appointment date (The date of financial closure).
Six bypass roads, three major bridges, forty five each minor bridges and underpasses besides two Road Under Bridges have been proposed in the expansion project and all the structures would be constructed for six lane configuration. The stretch between Hyderabad city limits from 10 km to 22 km mark on NH-9 would be widened into eight lane road, she said and added that Rs 6.92 crore amount had been deposited with the APCPDCL and Hyderabad Metro Water Works for shifting the utilities for taking up the expansion work.
Two years time: Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Nalgonda, MP G. Sukhender Reddy said that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is likely to inaugurate the expansion works of NH-9 in December. The four-laning work would be completed in two years, he said. The highway would be expanded into six lane later as per the agreement, he said in reply to a query.
NEW DELHI: Infrastructure major Punj Lloyd today said it has bagged a Rs 1,100-crore order for highway development in Andhra
As per the terms of the order, bagged from GMR Hyderabad Vijayawada Expressways Ltd, Punj Lloyd will develop 116.5 km stretch of National Highway (NH) 9 between Hyderabad and Vijayawada on an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) basis. The construction period is 27 months, the company said in a statement.
Earlier, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had awarded the project on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) Toll basis to GMR Hyderabad Vijayawada Expressways Ltd with a concession period of 25 years.
Source URL: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/vijayawada/national-highway-no-9-be-widened-march-448National Highway No. 9 to be widened by March
By By DC Correspondent Feb 15 2010
VIJAYAWADA, Feb. 14: The widening of National Highway No. 9 from Nandigamama to Malkapur in Nalgonda district will start by March as the hurdles for the land acquisition have been cleared in the three mandals of Nandigama, Penuganchiprolu and Jaggaiahpet.
The revenue officials acquired 95 acres of land close to the existing two-lane highway recently and paid the compensation. Land acquisition is the biggest impediment being faced by the government to transform the two-lane highway connecting Vijayawada and Hyderabad into a four-lane highway.
The land owners, mostly farmers, were reluctant to sell the land to the government. Some farmers even filed petitions in the court to protect their land. However, they changed their mind later and agreed to hand over the land in the larger interest of the state.
The highway is one of the highest accident-prone roads in the country. Traffic jams and accidents are very common for a long time. To prevent accidents and traffic jams, the Central government released Rs 1,600 crore for widening the 181 km road from Nandigama in Krishna district to Malkapur in Nalgonda district.
The National Highway Authority of India awarded the work to GMR Infrastructure Ltd on built-operate and transfer system.The NH 9 has been designed between Pune in Maharasthra to Machilipatnam in Krishna district with the total length of 841 km. The road between Hyderabad and Pune has been widened long ago. But, the work between Hyderabad and Vijayawada is pending for a very long time due to land acquisition problem.
Finally, the land acquisition problem has been overcome. Now, the contractors are gearing up to start the work by March.
Makeshift offices will come up in three villages close to the highway in Nandigama mandal to monitor the works, which is expected to be completed in two years. The highway stretch between Vijayawada and Nandigama has already been transformed into a four-lane road.
The minister for roads and buildings, Ms Galla Aruna, during her visit to the city last year, announced that the highway widening work would begin by early 2010.
^^ That is good to hear. My only concern is why GMR has not yet achieved financial closure (meaning tying up of funds from banks, promoter etc.). They were awarded the project in May 2009 and they had to achieve financial closure in 6 months. I'm assuming NHAI hasn't yet acquired 80% of the land for the work to start.
:cheers: more on this ...http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/21/stories/2010032153890400.htm
HYDERABAD: ... four/six-laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of NH 9 ... other advantages with the implementation of the project would be substantial decrease in vehicle operating costs like reduced travel time between Hyderabad and Vijayawada from six to four hours....
Four-laning of 182-km stretch on NH-9
Work on Hyderabad-Vijayawada section to be completed by Oct. 2012: Union Minister
NALGONDA: Highlighting the importance of laying roads in nation-building, the Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways R. P. N. Singh asserted that the four-laning of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of the National Highway-9 would be completed by October 2012.
He was addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation for the four-laning of the 182-km stretch of NH-9 at Narketpally on Sunday evening. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy attended the function, the first major one in Telangana region in the last three months.
BOT basis: Mr Singh said that the expansion project from Hyderabad to Vijayawada on NH-9 was taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 1,170 crore on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. The project also envisages augmenting the four-lane facility to six-lane standards before 14th year.
The NH-9, which begins at Pune in Maharashtra, extends over 841 km with 336 km in Maharashtra, 75 km in Karnataka and 430 km in Andhra Pradesh and ends at Machilipatnam.
A total of 525 km the National Highways has been identified in Andhra Pradesh for four-laning on BOT basis under NHDP Phase-III, the Union Minister said, adding that four-laning of 1,024 kms length of NH-5 (Golden Quadrilateral) was already completed. The stretch is now again being improved to six-laning standards by the National Highways Authority of India.
Project delayed: Mr Jaipal Reddy said that the project which was sanctioned in November 2007 was delayed due to technical reasons.
The contractors approached the courts which further delayed the execution of the project by one year. Ultimately the project took off much to the delight of all of us, he remarked. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said that improved road infrastructure fosters the comprehensive development of backward areas.
The expansion project would ease traffic congestion and prevent accidents on the high traffic density stretch of NH-9 which earlier witnessed accidents at regular intervals, he said.
At last a long cherished dream of people from Nalgonda & Commercial Capital of A.P[Vijayawada] are getting done hope this will be fruitful to be a super highway of India coz of Intense Automobile traffic on this strench.
:cheers:GMR Infra may tie up funds for its Rs 2,190-cr project
1 Apr 2010, 0130 hrs IST,Sobia Khan,ET Bureau
BANGALORE: Power and infrastructure major GMR Infrastructure is close to tying up funds for its Rs 2,190-crore Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway project. The project, which was bagged last May by the GMR-Punj Llyod consortium, had a debt component of Rs 1,700 crore.
“IDBI Bank has underwritten the loan. GMR has sent the sanction letter and draft documents to NHAI (National Highways Authority of India), and will sign the financial closure documents in the next two days,” said people close to the development, requesting anonymity.
The interest rate on the loan is 10.75% and IDBI is looking at syndicating the loan, the person said. However, an e-mail query sent to the company did not specify any of the fund-raising details.
The project involves work on 181 kms on NH-9 and it entails designing, engineering, financing, procuring, constructing, operating and maintaining of the four-six lanes of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of Andhra Pradesh, mentioned an e-mail response sent by the company.
According to GMR, the project will be implemented through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up by the group for a concession period of 25 years. The company confirmed that it has already begun pre-development work, including soil investigation and quarry testing, on the projects. Work on both the projects would begin immediately after the financial closure.
GMR, one of the largest highway developers in the country, currently operates six BOT projects, totalling 421 km. It is currently developing three highway projects, two toll and one annuity, together totaling approximately 309 kms. The firm is also close to tying up funds for its other road project, a 30-km stretch outside Chennai, worth Rs 1,200 crore.
“ICICI Bank is underwriting that loan and we will achieve closure in about 15 days,” the person said. The size of the debt component is just being worked out, the person said...