Construction work is yet to commence on at least 150 national highway (NH) projects, covering over 5000 km, which were awarded during the last financial year due to several reasons including non-availability of land and private developers taking time to tie up funds and mobilise men and machinery at the sites.
According to details accessed by TOI, the yet-to-start projects are almost one-third of the total 15,000 km of works awarded during 2017-18, which was the highest ever. Interestingly, nearly two-third of these projects were bid out under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode where government bears the entire cost of construction and contractors don’t need to tie up any fund.
More than 50 projects that were awarded under Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), a new model of public private partnership (PPP) introduced in January 2016, are yet to achieve financial closure. Read More