PUNE: It appears to be impossible that the six-laning work of the 140-km stretch of the Pune-Satara expressway will be finished before the current year’s over. The organization which has been appointed the work had as of now got a two-year extension.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had executed an agreement with PS Toll Road Pvt Ltd in March 2010 for the six-laning work, which should be finished by March 2013. The organization had then faulted the NHAI saying that the authority had neglected to satisfy its reciprocal commitments.
NHAI authorities now say that the vast majority of the issues, for example, land securing, permission for cutting of trees, and subsidizing have been dealt with, with some “positive advancements” lately. They included that the NHAI will make a move if the organization neglects to finish the work inside the stipulated time.
At an audit meeting held in February between senior authorities of the NHAI and the organization and additionally autonomous architects, it was called attention to that the advancement is not according to the arranging system put together by the organization in August 2014, and that there is a critical requirement for a correction of the project to guarantee that venture is finished by December 31. NHAI authorities said that week after week audit gatherings are being directed with organization agents. The organization has as of now been requested that present an overhauled arranging system.
An email sent by this reporting looking for insights with respect to the advancement of work and absence of street wellbeing measures from the organization went unanswered. Notwithstanding, an advancement report of the works set up by the organization in January not long from now says “undertaking concerns and obstructions issues”. It says that because of pending area pay issues amid the four-laning work, regardless of issuance of ownership receipts, local people did not permit beginning of work in the influenced 8-km stretch of the parkway. The organization likewise said that vital backing from the state government is obliged to assist woods freedom in Pune and Satara areas.
Metro lobbyist Vivek Velankar, who has been raising the issues of absence of street wellbeing measures and the deferral in six laning works, said there ought to be some sacredness in the agreement between the NHAI and the organization. “The organization is putting the fault on the NHAI for the postponement, while the NHAI has been faulting the organization. Nobody comprehends what the real circumstance is. The NHAI ought to have demanded that the work be finished on time,” Velankar said.
From April 1, the organization insignificantly expanded the toll charge at two posts — Khed Shivapur and Anewadi. Early a year ago, Velankar had said that suburbanites ought not need to pay toll on account of the postponement in six laning works. “No MP or MLA has brought the issue up in the most recent three years. The organization will get another augmentation and it is the individuals who will need to endure,” Velankar include