In its unfailing quest to accelerate the road and highway building process across the country, the Central government in a recent move has transferred 60 road projects commanding a length of 3,586 kms involving an investment of Rs. 34,300cr to National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), said transport minister Nitin Gadkari, adding that the move apart from fast tracking the project will also lessen the burden of NHAI, which is already overburdened with work. Most of these projects, which form the first phase of NHIDCL's total work allocation, are in the Northeast where the projects are likely to be public funded since PPP model is not working there.
As a matter of fact, the government was keen to set up a separate building body, which could undertake construction activities in the Northeast along with other strategic areas including international boundaries. On this score, projects with a total length of about 10,000 km have already been identified for new road building body whereby the projects would be executed in a phased manner. In order to start the work in the north eastern region, NHIDCL officials are slated to hold meeting with local contractors on February 11 in Guwahati. The NHIDC has already released its first tender for 2-laning of Akajan-Bame road in Arunachal Pradesh involving an investment worth Rs. 272cr for which funds have been released by the Asian Development Bank, he added.