Nitin Gadkari's remarks were not the first time he had expressed his dissatisfaction on the functioning of the NHAI
NHAI has set a target of awarding 4,500 km of projects during 2020-21 and is likely to exceed the target
Questions remain over the efficacy of the TOT model in an economic environment which is not expected to shake off the jitters of the coronavirus pandemic anytime soon
Five underground stretches, with a combined length of 2.5 km, would be built and will include boundary walls and sound barriers in the areas passing through wildlife corridors.
The push for BOT projects comes at a time when companies’ cash flows are choked by the pandemic
Both the projects will be executed under EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) mode under Bharat Pariyojna phase 1.
This comes after the company won the Rs 5,011 crore worth TOT3 bundle in December 2019
The ministry said sanctions were issued for construction of 2,983 km of NH all over the country during this period, which included 1,265 km by PWDs, 1,183 km by NHAI, and 535 km by NHIDCL.
The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day speech that a National Infrastructure Pipeline worth Rs 110 lakh crore has been set up to boost infrastructure projects
The EIA report for the project had listed a few species which apparently are not found in India, with some of these even being endemic to other parts of the world.
With a design speed of 120 kilometres per hour, it is set to be India's longest greenfield expressway.
The development of new highways and expressways aims to ensure the seamless movement of people and cargo, including heavy vehicles.
On July 10, the company said it has won a project for widening of a 63.83-km stretch on the NH-19 that will be its first project in eastern India.
This includes all 570 stretches of national highways given a rating on a scale of 0 to 100
The assessment parameters are based on different international practices and studies for bench-marking highway performances in Indian context.
The project will also provide cross-connectivity with the Golden Quadrilateral's Delhi-Kolkata corridor, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor and Delhi-Mumbai -Expressway.
This will enable NHAI to monetise completed national highways that have a toll collection track record of at least one year.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is reviewing bids from two Malaysian companies for highways projects being executed by the NHAI.
Recounting his interactions with the officials, Gadkari said he once asked someone if bamboo is a tree or a grass. When told that it is the latter, he sought to know the reasons as to why the same cannot be cut.
The bench, also comprising Justice Sheo Kumar Singh, said the compliance affidavit filed by Ministry of Environment and Forests states that it has issued instructions to the NHAI for taking necessary steps on maintaining mandatory green cover, however, NHAI has not filed any affidavit.
As per the Arbitration Act, 2015 and its amendment in 2019, all arbitration disputes are to be settled within a period of 12 to 18 months.
The total length of National Highways at present is about 1.5 lakh km, about 2 percent of the length of all the roads, but they carry about 40 percent of the total traffic.
Till February 2020, a total of 246 road projects with an aggregate length of about 10,100 km were awarded under BMP Phase-I at a total cost of Rs 2.38 lakh crore.
The new challenges come in the backdrop of a grim fiscal 2020 when toll revenue growth was negligible
The minister also exhorted industry players to look into the possibilities of setting up clusters of leather, plastic, chemical and other products along the greenfield highway that is expected to cut down the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai to just 12 hours.