NHAI takes steps to remove hurdles for faster execution of projects

In order to ensure faster execution of projects, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has delegated powers to its Regional Officers (ROs) for hiring of equipment and labourers up to Rs.10 lakh per project, to demolish structures that fall within the right-of-way of the project, an official press release said today.
As some of the contracts had no provision for demolition of such structures, there would often be protracted correspondence between the contractors, Project Directors and NHAI headquarters before these could be removed, often leading to delay in execution of projects.
With this delegation of power to ROs, NHAI will be able to make encumbrance free land available more speedily to the concessionaire/contractors as laid down under the concession agreement or contract, the release said.
The Regional Officers had also been instructed to ensure measurement of such structures along with videography for record purpose, it said.
NHAI had recently delegated powers for construction of foot overbridges under Change of Scope upto Rs. 80 lakh and for 4 and 6 laning projects up to Rs. 1 crore, respectively. Similarly, Regional Officers have been delegated the power for maintenance of highways requiring urgent repair works upto Rs. 1 crore.
CGM (T) jointly with Regional Officers have also been delegated power for shifting of transmission line/electric line and water pipelines/other utilities up to Rs 10 crore and Rs 5 crore, respectively. All these steps are expected to cut down delays in completion of projects, the release added.


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