GMR Group drives off Ahmedabad highway
An NHAI official confirmed getting the notice and said NHAI had been asking the environment ministry for clearances. Even the PMO has issued instructions on the matter. GMR spokesperson refused to comment on the matter.
According to sources GMR has said NHAI has not kept its promise as written in the contract. Not only had NHAI failed to get the necessary environment clearance for one of the tunnels along the highway — under the contract, this was NHAI’s obligation — it had not even asked the GMR Group for more time to do this. “Therefore the Authority”, the GMR letter says, “has been in continuous default in complying with the provisions of the Agreement. The Authority has thus clearly repudiated the Agreement.”
NHAI has up to January 4 to reply to the notice, after which GMR is likely to issue a termination notice as per clause 37.2.2.
According to sources, while the GMR Group brought in Rs 800-850 crore as its share of equity in order to achieve financial close in May this year, it also mobilised around 300 workers for six-laning of the four-lane highway.
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