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Panipat-Jalandhar highway six-laning stuck

PTI  New Delhi, May 26, 2013
First Published: 18:55 IST(26/5/2013) | Last Updated: 18:57 IST(26/5/2013)

The union ministry of road transport and highways will soon approach the Public Private Partnership Approval Committee (PPPAC) to resume work on six-laning of the Panipat-Jalandhar road on National Highway-1.

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The project, which started in 2009, got delayed due to numerous reasons, including land acquisition problems, delay in approval of design by the railways and relocation of the toll plaza.

"The project will go to the PPPAC and there it would be decided how to go about it," a road ministry official told PTI.

At present, the Karnal stretch of the project is completely stuck. The project is likely to have a time overrun of 21 months. The original date of commissioning was November 2011, which has now been extended to August 2013.

According to reports, the company building the project has sought extension of this deadline to December 2013 from the Delhi high court. The project is also likely to have cost overruns of more than Rs. 1,000 crore.

National highways run over 1,557 km in Punjab and 1,633 km in Haryana.

In a bid to speed up the completion of highway projects running behind schedule, the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the concessionaires to complete the project in time, failing which it would be liable to pay a fine.

The PPPAC comprises members secretary, department of economic affairs, secretary, Planning Commission, secretary, department of expenditure, secretary, department of legal affairs, and secretary of the department sponsoring a project.


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