In fast lane, NHAI inks pact to widen Chandigarh section

New Delhi, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 05:30am hrs
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a concession agreement for four-laning the Ambala-Chandigarh section of national highway (NH) 21 and 22.

The agreement was signed by NHAI with GMR Ambala Chandigarh Expressway Pvt Ltd, earlier this week.

The agreement involves the highest negative grant so far received by NHAI under NHDP-phase III A, i.e. the concessionaire GMR Ambala Chandigarh Expressway Pvt Ltd, would pay NHAI a grant of Rs 105.858 crores (net present value discounted @ 10%), during a concession period of 20 years.

The four-laning of the 35 km long, high-traffic density corridor of Ambala-Chandigarh section (km 5.735 to km 39.960 km on NH-22 and 0 km to 0.871 km on NH 21) on BOT basis, is expected to be completed in 30 months at a cost of Rs 298 crore.

Currently, the Ambala-Chandigarh section is two-lane and on completion, this stretch would be four-laned with paved shoulders. In addition, it would have nearly 21 km of service roads on either side. Under NHDP-Phase III A, 15 projects involving an investment of Rs 4,520 crore covering a length of 929 km have been awarded so far.

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Agreement involves the highest negative grant so far received by NHAI
The work is expected to be completed in 30 months at a cost of Rs 298 crore
It would also have nearly 21 km of service roads on either side

In March 2005, the government had approved upgradation and four-laning of 4, 000 km of NHs on BOT basis under NHDP Phase-III A at an estimated cost of Rs. 22,000 crore (2004 prices).

The government also approved preparation of detailed project reports for another 6, 000 km under NHDP-Phase III, taking the total to 10, 000 km under this phase. The objective is to four-lane high density traffic corridors not covered by NHDP Phase-I (mainly the Golden Quadrilateral) and NHDP phase-II (north-south and east-west corridors).