Road developers in the country will be allowed to charge only 75 per cent toll during the work on six-laning of highway stretches. This was decided by the Union Cabinet last week. To ensure that developers don't delay construction, the Union government also allowed tolling to be suspended for failure to meet the deadline.
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Highway developers can collect only 75% toll during work
J&K Minister reviews progress of road projects
In Jammu and Kashmir, work on two vital bridges namely, Wussan and Ramwari Gund would commence this year. These bridges on completion would provide road connectivity to a large population living in the hilly areas of Kangan constituency, said the State Minister for Forests Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad. To improve the road connectivity in the area, detailed project reports (DPRs) of seven roads have been prepared and will be sent to the Union Government for funding.
Nashik’s civic body to take up road works on its own
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to take up the work on the first ring road under its jurisdiction. The civic body has decided to the start the process of inviting tenders on its own and the actual work is expected to begin after the monsoon. The project will be executed under the deferred payment scheme due to paucity of funds.
Work to begin on Vadapalani flyover in Chennai
The Tamil Nadu Highways Department is to commence work on a flyover on Jawaharlal Nehru Salai in Chennai. The Rs 69.4-crore facility will come up over the Vadapalani junction and the central portion will be integrated with the Metro Rail station, which will be the highest elevated station. A separate bay will be constructed inside the station so that MTC buses can drop and pick up passengers.
Work incomplete on several bridges in Chennai
Media reports say that work on several bridges and flyovers in Chennai is incomplete and and in a few cases like Rettai Eri junction and Korattur railway level crossing, where a new bridge and a subway were announced in 2010, are yet to begin. Chennai Corporation, Southern Railway and State highways are the three major players involved in executing these projects and almost all bridge work in Chennai are running behind schedule.
Road work stranded due to lack of raw material
Road projects in Nashik came to a halt because of lack of availability of a key raw material, 'murum' soil, with the environment ministry yet to approve mining of stone quarrying in the district. It may be noted that the a Supreme Court (SC) order makes it mandatory to obtain environmental clearance for mining of minor minerals, even on land less than five hectare
UP govt urges LDA to expedite riverfront project
Uttar Pradesh government has been urging the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) to expedite work on the Gomti river front project. Lack of coordination between different authorities caused undue delay in the project, which is planned on the lines of the Sabarmati riverfront development proje
Kerala govt begins work on Rs 20 bn corridor project
Work on the Rs 2,000 crore coastal corridor project to link Vallarpadam with Kozhikode in Kerala began with the state Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurating it recently. The corridor is expected to bring about tremendous development to the coastal belt and it involves upgradation of the existing Tipu Sultan Road
Govt may complete work on Permude cavern by year end
Government has completed 95 per cent work on the Permude underground rock caverns for crude oil with a storage capacity of 2.5 million metric tonne of crude oil, media reports indicate. The project was originally slated for completion in September last year, but it is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. From May, government would begin work on laying a 12-km pipeline from Thokur to Perm
Kochi metro project may be ready in 3 yrs if issues are addressed
India's metroman E Sreedharan says he expects work on the Kochi Metro rail project to be completed in three years if various issues like strikes, shortage of sand and labour problem are avoided. Sreedharan, who is the principal advisor to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, said this while delivering the keynote address at a function at Kannur University. He said there would not be any problem if there was "social commitment", which is of utmost importance. "Proj