Reacting to Haldeas letter, NHAI chairman RP Singh wrote back to the roads secretary saying the MCA allows for either following ICADR or any mutually agreed procedure. More important, he said, the new society set up Society for Affordable Resolution of Disputes (SAROD) will actually lower the costs of arbitration.
Singh has complained that every initiative of the NHAI to revive the road sector has been opposed by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission, Singhs letter says, has blocked the exit policy which would have given a fillip to the roads sector, and also caused the delay in the Cabinet decision on rescheduling of premiums on expressways.
I wish some agency, Singh said, conducts an audit of the role played by the Planning Commission in blocking and derailing all our attempts to revive the road sector and the consequent damage caused to the economy.
Singh added that it was high time that the role of the Planning Commission was reviewed and the Ministry started playing a proactive role to sort out the issues being faced by the road sector. I would also request you to expedite the pending proposals to empower the NHAI Board to approve the projects, select the mode of delivery and make requisite changes in MCA."
Singh said: " I am not sure whether the letter of the Adviser to deputy chairman planning commission has the approval of Deputy Chairman (of the commission) ...This letter of the Adviser to the deputy chairman does not seem to be an official communication of the Planning Commission and, therefore, deserves to be ignored."