Four NH projects passing through Dhenkanal district delayed: Gadkari


Bhubaneswar, July 20: At least four National Highway (NH) projects passing through Dhenkanal district are delayed mainly due to delay in land acquisition, forest clearance and slow performance of contractor.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

“As per the revised schedule, target of completion of these projects is March, 2024,” said Gadkari.

Amount of cost escalation in these projects for delay in completion work has not been finalised.

“The Government is closely monitoring the construction of NHs. Periodic reviews are held at various levels to resolve issues and to expedite progress of all NH projects. Delayed projects including Dhenkanal are also monitored,” added the Union Minister.

A time limit of 2-3 years is generally kept for completion of new NH projects. However, construction works on NHs sometimes fall behind schedule due to various reasons like delay in land acquisition, delay in fulfillment of Government’s condition precedent like various clearances, utility shifting, delays on the part of contractors/concessionaire including cash flow issues etc.

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