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485 kms long and bumpy ride to hell


Nagpur: The NHAI’s tall claims of creating highways at the pace of 25km consistent with day takes a large hit when one looks at the street expansion of the 485km Amravati-Akola-Jalgaon-Fagane highway quantity 53 (old NH6).
Travellers undergo a harrowing time as expansion has come to a grinding halt for over two years after NHAI concessionaire went bankrupt owing to a monetary disaster.

The street expansion mission for 194km between Amravati-Chikhli (Rs2,754.18 crore), 150km from Chikhli-Fagane (2,452.82 crore) and 141km from Fagane to Gujarat border (2,321.74cr) was bagged by means of infrastructure workforce IL & FS roads community arm — IL & FS Transportation Networks (ITNL) in 2015. The mission price additionally integrated land acquisition but agreement with NHAI is for civil works handiest.

As the company ran right into a monetary drawback, works in these stretches were left incomplete and travellers are dealing with the heat, particularly within the over 300km Amravati-Akola-Jalgaon patch.

This is the second one time that mission has been stalled. Earlier, in 2012-13 L&T bagged the road mission until Gujarat border but expressed lack of ability to begin works. Fresh tenders had been floated when IL & FS bagged the contract for Amravati-Chikli and Fagane-Jalgaon-Gujarat border. No bids had been gained for Chikhli-Fagane stretch and it was given on hybrid annuity fashion (HAM).

“Entire street and bridges were opened for widening but paintings on now not a single stretch has been finished. Travelling here is a struggle between lifestyles and demise as there are many diversions, craters and pits on incomplete roads until Jalgaon,” mentioned Baba Daware of Baba Travels, Nagpur.

“Heavy cars regardless that were managing by some means, this can be a nightmare for passengers travelling in mild cars. Recently, Amravati NHAI has started paintings on tarring pits,” added Daware.

“Due to dangerous roads, personal bus operators to Dhule, Pune, Jalna, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Surat, and other key cities are shedding on money as gasoline intake and shuttle time has greater because of dangerous roads. There are frequent breakdowns like harm to tyres, gasoline tank, shock-u.s.and so forth,” he mentioned.

Daware mentioned the worst part is that four-laning paintings has started from each Wardha and Amravati facets and has been left incomplete. So, one can't shuttle with ease from Wardha and from Amravati facet as vast street stretches are in dangerous form.

Mahendra Luley of Royal Travels agrees that transporters are dealing with the heat of dangerous roads from Amravati. “Hapless passengers are complaining of bone-jarring adventure but don't have any possible choices. Partial tarring by means of NHAI won’t solve the issue. Buses are running at 40 kmph on these dangerous stretches increasing shuttle time by means of 2 hours,” Luley mentioned.

Amravati NHAI mission director Vilas Bramhankar, in-charge of 194km Amravati-Chikhli stretch, mentioned, “The mission has been stalled for monetary issues of the company and street paintings stopped in June final. We’ve repaired potholes and dangerous street blocks within the 194km street at the price of Rs3.20 crore and made it motorable now.”

However, an ambulance driver, who did not wish to be named, mentioned, “While transferring patients from Akola, I used to succeed in in Nagpur in four hours but now it takes six hours and it’s a hell of adventure with already distressed patients. It seems travellers woes will not finish soon amid litigation with the concessionaire.”

NHAI sources mentioned the IF & LS signed agreement for street between Amravati-Chikhli on September 8, 2015. The four-laning street was to be finished by means of May 2019, but up to December 31, 2018, handiest 10.96km (22.13%) of street has been complete.

Dhule mission director Arvind Kale mentioned, “A Rs 5.34 crore estimate for maintenance of existing street for protection of traffic has been submitted to regional office at Nagpur as IF & LS has failed to finish the paintings. We have additionally issued notices to the company asking why its contract should now not be terminated. Of the 150km stretch on Fagane-Gujarat border, 85km has been finished. Work on Chikhli-Tarsod and Tarsod-Fagne paintings is in growth.”

ROADS TO HELL

* PM Narendra Modi-headed Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on June 17, 2015 cleared 485km four-laning street tasks price Rs7,528.74 crore together with land acquisition price from Amravati to Maharashtra border to Gujarat.

* Of these, Amravati-Chikhli (194km) mission costs Rs2,754.18 crore followed by means of Chikhli-Fagane (150km) Rs2452.82 crore and Fagane-Gujarat border (141km) Rs2321.74 crore.

* Road development in 485km under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) has come to a grinding halt as company that bagged contracts on BOT foundation went into monetary disaster.


* The worst affected is over 100km patch between Amravati-Akola. NHAI has started street tarring on its own now.


* Financial closure has now not been accomplished by means of the concessionaire but and he has overlooked two points in time. NHAI has issued notices to IF & L. a. to why its contract should now not be terminated.


* Hundreds of enormous timber had been felled destructive atmosphere for street widening and there is no compensatory afforestation but




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