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2020 NH-33 Deadline Will Be Met - NHAI

Infra News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Telegraph India, citing National Highways Authority of India, reported that widening of the 163 kilometer long Ranchi-Jamshedpur section of NH-33, meant to be completed in June 2016, will now be ready by November 2020 with new contractors having begun work with the promise that there would be no break even during the monsoon. NHAI had begun on the section, divided into four distinct stretches, on different dates in June. NHAI Jharkhand regional officer Mr Vijay Srivastava, said that “The contractors have assured us that they will mobilise workers on a war-footing. The count for the 18-month deadline began from June. We will be monitoring their work periodically.”

Ranchi-based Ram Kripal Construction bagged the rights for the 16 kilometer stretch between Chowka and Saherbera both in Seraikela-Kharsawan for INR 196 crore and the over 26km stretch between Vikash Vidyalaya and Rampur for INR 382 crore.

A JV between Calcutta-based Bharat Vanijiya Eastern and Guwahati-based Bhartia Infra Projects has bagged the rights for the 77.3 kilometer stretch between Rampur and Chowka for INR 351 crore and Ahmedabad-based Iron Triangle bagged the rights for the 44.2 kilometer stretch between Saherbera and Mohulia near Ghatshila, East Singhbhum for INR 380-crore.

NHAI sources said although the tender process was completed in March before the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls was enforced, the contractors had sought time to bring in equipment and manpower to the work site.

An NHAI official familiar with the project said that “The tender process for all the four stretches was completed by early March. The contractors faced issues while moving equipment and big machinery during the elections. Finally, they managed to get all of their equipment and started the widening work in June. They will work through the monsoon.”

At first, Hyderabad-based Madhucon Projects had bagged the INR 1,479-crore contract to widen to four lanes the NH-33 section, the lifeline of Ranchi and Jamshedpur. The company started work in January 2013. It was meant to complete the project by June 2016, but failed to do so, citing financial issues. Work continued for a while in fits and starts but came to a halt in the middle of 2018.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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