Ensuring trouble free transportation facilities to both road users and commuters alike, central government has recently approved a mega highway projects for Maharashtra entailing an investment of Rs. 7,528.74-crore. The mega road project in question, which was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, has given go ahead for development of the four laning of the Amravati-Chikhli, ChikhliFagne and Fagne-Gujarat/Maharashtra border sections of National Highway-6 under its flagship road building program NHDP, an official statement said, claiming that prior to this the three other projects have also been cleared in two packages -- Amravati-Jalgaon and Jalgaon Gujarat/Maharashtra border and were awarded to Larsen & Toubro Infrastructure at a premium of Rs. 131.04cr and Rs. 145.08cr, respectively.
But, subsequently NHAI could not procure 80% of land even after 380 days of signing of the Concession Agreement and they were terminated. The three projects approved recently pertain to widening of 485 km under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase IV in BOT (toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis. The projects include four-laning of 194 km stretch of Amravati-Chikhli at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,754cr. The 150 km of Chikhli-Fagne will be widened at a cost of Rs. 2,453cr and the remaining 141 km of Fagne-Gujarat/Maharashtra bordering on the same highway will be widened to four lanes at an estimated expense of Rs. 2,322cr, they added.