HC summons NHAI, concessionaire officials for completion delay
Disappointed over repeated extension of deadlines for six-laning of Panipat-Jalandhar national highway, Punjab and Haryana high court summoned chief general manager and project director of national highway authority of Indiachandigarh Updated: Mar 14, 2012 10:47 IST
Disappointed over repeated extension of deadlines for six-laning of Panipat-Jalandhar national highway, Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday summoned chief general manager and project director of national highway authority of India (NHAI), as well as concessionaire company officials in charge of the project.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover ordered that all officers should remain present in the court on March 22 to explain the delay in its completion.
The six-laning project of 291-km National Highway-I from Panipat to Jalandhar was awarded to concessionaire Soma Isolex Rollways in May 2009 and was to be completed in 30 months.
Around 120 flyovers, 20 major and 116 minor bridges and several two-wheeler and pedestrian crossings were planned on the entire stretch.
The concessionaire's lawyer apprised the court that though the project was to be completed by November 16 last year, due to delay in environment clearances, approval of drawings by railway authorities and non-availability of raw material etc, the deadline for the completion of the project was extended till June 15 by authorities concerned.
The division bench raised questions as to how such a big project was granted to a single company.
The directions came during hearing of a bunch of petitions, including a public interest litigation filed by one Harish Kumar Puri.