The work on six-lane Jalandhar-Panipat expressway is set to get a major boost with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) asking the bank concerned to reactivate a frozen account of Hyderabad-based construction firm Soma Enterprises.
The company, which has got relief from the Supreme Court on April 19 this year by allowing it to shift the toll plaza near Nilokheri in Karnal district and asked to complete the project by March 31 next year, had claimed that the NHAI had still kept its bank account 'frozen' due to which they were facing financial hurdles in starting the construction.
Confirming the development, NHAI project director (project implementation unit, Ambala) Vipin Sharma said, "The NHAI has allowed the bank to release money from account to start construction work on the project."
Sharma further said, "Company officials held a meeting with on Friday and we will start maintenance work from tomorrow on those parts of the expressway which have been constructed."
He also informed the company had already started the maintenance work of the road falling in Ambala, Karnal and Kurukshetra of Haryana. He expressed hope that the construction of the expressway will be completed soon and commuters will heave a sigh of.
In Jalandhar city, huge traffic snarls are the order of the day due to non-completion of several flyovers here.
Interestingly, the construction work on the six-laning of the Jalandhar-Panipat highway began in May 2009, which was scheduled to be completed in 30 months' time.
The earlier cost of the project was Rs 2,700 crore which after repeated delays has escalated to Rs 4,500 crore.
Several persons have been injured and many lives lost on the stretch due to road accidents in the past four years.