The Madras High Court has directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to provide information on the status of the project on NH 67, relating to Thanjavur- Nagapattinam Sector, which has been left incomplete.
The bench in its order also recorded that the petitioner’s representation on February 17, seeking to resume work, has been taken note of by the Ministry of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping and has asked Chairman, NHAI, to offer clarification and necessary action.
The letter states that NH 67, which was in existence as a two-lane road, was handed over to NHAI for converting it into a four-lane road. For the Thanjavur – Nagapattinam Sector, a tender was issued in 2009 for laying four lanes. But since there were no bidders, it was scaled down to two lane. The tender was finalised in 2015 and the contract was allotted to M/s. Madhucon Projects Ltd., Hyderabad, with December 24, 2017, fixed as the deadline for the completion of the project.
But only 26.75 per cent work got completed on the said date and from September 2017 till date, no construction activity has taken place. Moreover, the existing carriage way, which as per the agreement was meant to be maintained by the same contractor till the project completion was also not done.
The letter, pointing out that the road has turned uncomfortable for riders, sought to know when the project work will be completed and seeking maintenance of the existing carriage way till the project is completed.