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Reliance Infra seeks another extension as villagers now want underpass width to be increased

Infra News - Published on Fri, 15 Mar 2019

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Hindustan Times reported that Pune 9 years gone and the 140-km stretch of the Pune-Satara highway is still incomplete, with contractor, Reliance Infra, seeking yet another extension till June 30, with the existing deadline ending on March 31. The National highway authority of India has urged the district collector of Pune to now intervene and ensure the project is completed.

Residents from Kikav and Khed-Shivapur are demanding that the width of an underpass on the stretch be increased from the proposed 12 metres to 30 metres, leading to the latest delay.

Mr Suhas Chitnis, project director, NHAI, said that “Of 140 km we have completed 132 km. The 30-metre width of the underpass extension is not in our project plan. Hence, the project is delayed. To solve this logjam, we have approached the district collector of Pune and requested him to intervene in the matter by talking to the locals.”

Mr Vivek Velankar, a right to information (RTI)?activist who has been pursuing the issue said, “Why can’t a contractor continue his work as per the plan under police protection? Minister Gadkari claims his ministry is constructing the road at the speed of 30km per day. Why then has this 140-km road expansion project taken nine years?”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 15 Mar 2019
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