Three years on, Baddi project still hangs fire

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 25 2010, 06:51am hrs
The long awaited Transport Nagar project, proposed to come up at Sandholi village in Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), is hanging fire for more than last three years.

The project, which is awaiting nod from the Centre, was earlier proposed to come up at village Jharmajri but later the site was shifted to Sandholi village. The nodal authorityBaddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA)had invited bids for the project way back in November 2008, but it elicited lukewarm response from private investors due to recession.

After that the plans for the project witnessed major changes and the BBNDA decided to move the project to the Centre under the Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE) scheme.

While the state government has already sent its recommendation to the Centre for its inclusion under the ASIDE scheme, the final nod is yet to come.

Apprising FE about the current status of the project, a BBNDA official said the approval from the Centre is expected soon.

Once the approval is given then detailed estimates will be prepared and henceforth tenders will be floated for allotment of work, he said.

BBNDA had earlier selected a site at Jharmajri for the truck terminal and a commercial facility to be constructed on built-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The plan also included construction of rest rooms and a parking facility for nearly 1,500-2,000 trucks.

The official further added, An area of about 135 bighas has been earmarked for developing the transport nagar which will be able to provide parking space for about 550 vehicles.

Though the area has reduced from what was planned originally but it can still provide a solution to the parking woes of the truck drivers of the region. The project will catalyse an investment of Rs 11.13 crore which will be sanctioned by the Centre.