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It’s going to be a long, costly ride

If 14 years seemed too long a time for you to be still paying toll to ride on the eight-lane Delhi-Gurgaon highway, think again. The period has now been extended to 20 years, thanks to by the NHAI, reports Chetan Chauhan.

delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2008 00:30 IST
Chetan Chauhan

If 14 years seemed too long a time for you to be still paying toll to ride on the eight-lane Delhi-Gurgaon highway, think again. The period has now been extended to 20 years, thanks to by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which did not have a system to compute a reasonable toll collection period.

As per a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) office tabled in parliament on Friday, “During the extended concession period of six years, the concessionaire would gain Rs 187.77 crore.”

The NHAI also had to invest more in the project because of faults and frequent changes in the detailed project report (DPR) of the highway.

For instance, the NHAI changed the scope of the project between April 2003 and May 2004, leading to an additional cost of Rs 146 crore, equivalent to as much as 21 per cent of the project cost.

CAG said these crucial details should have been foreseen at the time of preparation of the DPR itself. “Moreover, no responsibility was fixed on DPR consultants for their failure to take into account the Indian Road Congress specifications on the minimum vertical higher of 5.5 metre for underpass.”

This is not all. In spot inspections conducted by the CAG, the road, for which you pay Rs 17 per trip, was found to be unsatisfactory in quality in three out of the six sites inspected.