4-laning of NH-73 in Haryana
Monday, January 3, 2011
Finally the NHAI has received 35 bids for the work on four-laning 109-km stretch of National Highway 73, in response to its fifth tender it floated calling bids by 24 December. Earlier, despite floating tenders for the project four times, NHAI failed to receive any bid. The project was hanging fire for the past year in spite of approvals from Haryana government and Centre.
The delay of a year has also increased the cost of the project. Initially, the estimated cost was around Rs 662 crore, and now it has increased to Rs 985 crore. Even now, it would take two more months to select the bidder and given the work. NHAI expects the four-laning project to take 910 days for completion.
The highway, which will connect Panchkula, Barwala, Saha and Yamunanagar, will be carried out on build-operate-transfer basis and new bridges constructed on the way following the pattern of Ambala-Zirakpur highway.