Tenders have been allocated to a Gujarat-based construction company to build two bypasses on the Zirakpur-Bathinda road (National Highway-64).
Officials said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has allotted the tenders of two bypasses at Sangrur (11km) and Dhanaula (25km) at Rs 251 crore to Rajkot-based Patel Infra and the construction company is likely to start the work this month.
"We won the construction project for Sangrur and Dhanaula bypass at Rs 251 crore from the ministry of road transport and highways in Punjab," confirmed the official website of the company.
The company project director could not be contacted for comments. NP Singh, executive engineer, NHAI, said, "Though tenders for the bypasses have already been allotted to Patel Infra, the government is likely to invite the tender for the remaining project from Patiala to Bathinda in the first phase by next week. The stretch from Patiala to Zirakpur may take two to three months for tendering while the construction from Patiala to Bathinda via Sangrur is likely to start soon after the tendering next week."
The project for widening the road, considered the lifeline of Malwa region, was started in 2008 with the NHAI giving green signal to upgrade the stretch but the project could not take off for lack of bidders even after six years.
As there was no bidder on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis but the central government has decided to complete the pending project by funding the project under the engineer, procure, and construct (EPC) mode.
According to officials the estimated cost of the project will be around Rs 3,000 crore for which about 700 acres of land has been acquired.