Roadways

NHAI yet to clear green hurdle

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

It took more than four decades for the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to take up road widening works from Kazhakkoottam to Mukkola. After stuck on land acquisition hurdles for more than 40 years, the road which is all set for widening is facing another big hurdle. The NHAI is yet to get permission from social forestry to fell around 6,000 trees on the stretch.

The NHAI has recently opened the tender after a prolonged delay over getting various sanctions from the Centre. Now, Hyderabad-based KNR Constructions has emerged as the lowest bidder, reports Times of India.

The NHAI is waiting for a final nod from Union ministry of road transport and highways for the project which is expected in a few days.

However, chances are high that the project may get delayed due to the issue of cutting of trees. The NHAI will issue letter of acceptance (LOA) only after the stretch is free from encumbrances. The contractor could commence work only after getting LOA. If there is undue delay in giving LOA, chances are high that bidders will back out.

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