the accused and defendant in several cases, where it can easily avoid to be one. It is also entrusted with making policy decisions on matters, creating a conflict of interest and highlighting the need for an independent regulator.
“Around 80% of the projects (stuck in litigation) could have been avoided had the regulator been in place now. Private sector players do not want to get into a tussle with the NHAI and cannot fight them since they are the nodal authority," said a senior official of a highway developer. Talks are also on for having a separate Dispute Resolution Bill, which has been backed by all the infrastructure ministries and the planning commission.