The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has failed to finalise a contractor for repairing service roads of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway despite missing two deadlines.
The bid for around Rs 4-crore contract had to be opened on August 1, but since there were no takers, the deadline was extended till August 6.
However, it seems that the 45-day deadline given by the Court of Highway Administration, Gurgaon, on July 12 for the completion of work would be difficult to meet.
Sources informed that three contractors had now submitted their bids. Two of the firms are — Gawar Constructions Ltd and Shiva Buildtech—from Gurgaon, while Atlas is from Faridabad.
The NHAI working is fraught of complications which has delayed the project. The recent bid is a technical one wherein capabilities of the three bidders will be judged, after which, successful contenders will go for financial bidding.
“The final proposal will be sent to the headquarters, which would release the work order, which might even take weeks,” sources said.
With private concessionaire, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited’s (DGSCL), failure to maintain the roads, the court of Highway Administration had given an option of employing the same contractor who is laying the service lanes on Delhi side of the e-way.
This could have saved time by cutting on red tape and employing construction infrastructure. But, for reasons better known to the NHAI, the agency decided in favour of bidding.
Presiding over the court, highway administrator Ashok Kumar Sharma had directed NHAI to charge the concessionaire with an added penalty of 15% as it had failed to maintain the roads, leading to grave public inconvenience.
The nine-km stretch corresponds to the distance between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Dhaula toll plaza, a stretch fit for only trucks to trudge on.