Roadways

Highway contracts: Easier entry norms pay off

Earlier this year, the ministry of road transport and highways revised model concession agreements for both EPC and HAM, paving the way for those building stadium, hospitals and hotels to also get into the highway sector. The government also relaxed their
The time and cost overruns could be due to various reasons, including steep increase in commodity prices, change in scope, delays in land acquisition and approvals; and force majeure events among others, Icra said.

Innovative, effective solutions for safety on roads, highways: Vikramjiet Roy, MD, Maccaferri India explains

Hilly terrains are challenging for construction due to steep cuttings, soil retention, drainage, landslides which may lead to many calamities and loss of life.

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NHAI lashes whip again; Bars another company

Upon non-compliance, a show-cause notice was issued to Gayatri Projects. The reply given by the contractor explaining the deficiencies were found to be unsatisfactory.

The time and cost overruns could be due to various reasons, including steep increase in commodity prices, change in scope, delays in land acquisition and approvals; and force majeure events among others, Icra said.

NHAI takes tough action! Debars Consultant; Here’s why, check details

Recently, the highway authority has debarred Lion Engineering Consultants in association with Synergy Engineering Group Private Limited from engagement in future NHAI projects for six months' duration

NHAI, national highway

Highway construction’s pace bulldozes pandemic barriers! Sets new record

Despite the pandemic-induced lockdown and restrictions on mobility in large parts of the country, highway construction grew by 74% on year in April-May of the current financial year to 1,470 km or 24.

The latest highway construction signals that the construction sector of the economy, which posted a recovery with 14.5% growth in gross value added (GVA) in Q4FY21, may somewhat retain the momentum in Q1 this fiscal.

Soon, congestion-free connectivity to Mussoorie town! Consultancy appointed for Mussoorie Tunnel construction

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways approved the preparation of a detailed project report for the development of a 2.74 kilometre long two-lane tunnel in Mussoorie.

Mussoorie, Tunnel

Soon, better connectivity to Kashmir! Banihal-Qazigund Tunnel likely to be operational in coming weeks

Once the tunnel is opened for the public, the road distance between Banihal in Jammu and Qazigund in the southern part of Kashmir will reduce by 16 kilometres.

Banihal Qazigund Tunnel, Kashmir

Asset monetisation: NHAI to wait till traffic is normal

According to rating agency Icra, toll collections fell by around 10% in April 2021 over March 2021 and estimated to have declined by 25-30% in May 2021 over April 2021.

Apart from InvIT, NHAI has two other means to raise funds through monetisation of assets – toll-operate-transfer (TOT) model and toll securitisation. Proceeds from the asset monetisation programme are used to repay debt and develop highways.

Toll collection on national highways likely to fall by 25-30% in May

However, Icra’s vice president Rajeshwar Burla said, “With fall in number of Covid cases from third week of May 2021, states are expected to relax the lockdown restrictions in a gradual manner. We

Toll-free pass for vehicles in longer than 100-m queue

“For this purpose, a yellow line at a distance of 100 meters from the toll booth be marked in each toll lane. This provision shall be prominently displayed/informed to the users,” it added.

toll booths

India’s transport industry is adapting technology to make itself more organised: Avinash Raghav, Shift Freight

'The transport business in India has traditionally been vulnerable to a lot of geographical, societal, political and economical factors, and hence been quite disorganised as well as scattered.'

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Highway construction at decent 28 km/day in April, despite second Covid wave

According to data compiled by the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH), all implementing agencies including the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had constructed 210 km of nationa

In April this year, project awards also increased to 311 km from 260 km awarded in April last year.

Covid 2nd wave has broken logistics sector that was on its way to recovery: Anjani Mandal, CEO, Fortigo Logistics

The Indian road transport sector carries goods worth $150 billion a year, which means about $12 billion of business is done per month. The truck fleet utilisation had peaked to 85% in March, which was

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Driving on National Highways to get safer! NHAI to have advanced traffic management system; check details

The Advanced Traffic Management System will include immediate identification of the location of areas where traffic bottlenecks occur because of accidents or other reasons as well as immediate provisi

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Highway construction: NHAI sets ambitious target of 4,600 km for FY22

Though the target for the current year appears to be a tall order, the NHAI believes that it could meet it with reliance on EPC projects and HAM projects. The authority has a robust stream of funds in

Minister for road transport and highways hope that construction would touch 40 km/day in 2021-22 from 36.4 km a day in 2020-21.

Toll collections take a hit due to Covid curbs on mobility

“Over the past few months, toll collections have seen a sharp rise with improvement in economic activities and government’s push towards electronic toll collections,” he said.

A continuous decline in the figure might hit NHAI’s operational asset monetisation programme, crucial for the authority to pare debt that stood at about Rs 3 lakh crore, at the end of 2020-21, and to develop highways.

Road transport sector of Gujarat facing loss of Rs 150 crore per day

The business volume of the transport sector in Gujarat is witnessing a 50% dip due to the closure of the majority of Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs), textile markets and a curfew from 8

Directly and indirectly, more than 15 lakh people are getting employment from the road-transport industry of Gujarat. (Representative image)

Highway construction bulldozes Covid-19 roadblocks, clocks record level in FY21

A host of govt measures saw construction touch a record level in FY21, with the numbers expected to improve further in the ongoing financial year

The latest highway construction signals that the construction sector of the economy, which posted a recovery with 14.5% growth in gross value added (GVA) in Q4FY21, may somewhat retain the momentum in Q1 this fiscal.

To provide better roads, NHAI to make use of Network Survey Vehicle mandatory; details

The NSV will also help collate data to analyse the condition of the road including measurement of the road surface, potholes, surface cracking and patches.

NHAI, NSV

FY21 a stellar year for the highway sector

As much as ~13,300 km of National Highways were built in FY21 compared with around 10,240 km in FY20, up around 30% y-o-y.

Similarly, project awards (NHAI + MoRTH) were up 17% y-o-y to ~10,500 km.

NHAI plans to award projects worth Rs 2.25 lakh cr in FY22

The share of engineering procurement and construction (EPC) in the awards last fiscal was 50% followed by hybrid annuity model (HAM) at 49%. Only two projects were awarded through the build, operate a

Minister for road transport and highways hope that construction would touch 40 km/day in 2021-22 from 36.4 km a day in 2020-21.

Record highway build pace result of govt’s industry-friendly steps: Analysts

Others said if the liquidity boosting measures are continued; this along with relaxation in qualifications for bidders could result in steep rise in execution – more than 40 km/day going forward.

At the end of March 2021, projects worth Rs 9,22,404 crore are ongoing on a length of 64,010 km.

IRB Infrastructure wins highway project worth Rs 828 crore from NHAI in Himachal Pradesh

IRB has received a letter of award for an Rs 828 crore project in the state of Himachal Pradesh from the National Highways Authority of India.

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Just 45 minutes travel! Delhi-Meerut Expressway opens today for public; details here

The 82 km long Delhi - Meerut Expressway project, which links Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh has been developed at a cost of Rs 8346 crore.

Delhi Meerut Expressway, NH
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