Kerala puts pressure on NH authority


The National Road Authority of India (NHAI) will launch tenders for national road corridors, where the acquisition of land has been completed and is to be developed into a four / six lane road.

The process will be continued as the State completes the acquisition of the remaining lands.

NHAI President Nagendra Nath Sinha conveyed this message to Public Works Senior Secretary G. Kamalavardhana Rao at a meeting in Delhi on Monday.

The meeting aimed to seek clarification on national highways projects in the state that remained in high priority II despite the NHAI directive of 9 May.

Seek approval

NHAI requested regional managers to request headquarters approval by providing a progress report on land acquisitions and traffic data. The State insists that NHAI send a letter mentioning the 26 programs approved last year under Bharatmala in the high priority program I.

Currently, only Thalapady-Chengala and Chengala-Neeleswaram are on the Top Priority-I list.

NHAI asked regional officers, by a directive of 2 May, not to acquire land for high priority projects II. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan himself opposed the BJP and Sangh Parivar for stalling development.

Offers

The government is urging NHAI and MoRTH to bid for the development of national highways in corridors where 60% of land acquisitions have been completed. The 26 packages were all approved in 2018 by the MoRTH and the CMAs were prepared. Mr. Rao met with the NHAI President after Mr. Vijayan spoke to the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, and after the Minister of Public Works, G. Sudhakaran, wrote to Mr Gadkari.

NHAI is of the view that the May 9th directive rescinding the May 2nd Ordinance has been sent to all States and that Kerala's request will be considered.