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NHAI moves Police Chiefs of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure protection for Eastern Peripheral Works as directed by Supreme Court



NHAI moves Police Chiefs of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure protection for Eastern Peripheral Works as directed by Supreme Court


Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had fixed the deadline for completion of Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) by July, 2018. However, following obstructions from vested interests in Districts Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh and Sonepat in Haryana, construction work in these Districts was obstructed and could not commence, even though land had formally been acquired and contractors appointed from amongst the best companies of the country.

In order to expedite the construction work and to apprise the Hon’ble Supreme Court of the difficulties, NHAI had moved the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India with an interlocutory application seeking police protection from unwarranted obstruction from miscreants and vested interests.

The Solicitor General of India had represented NHAI before the Supreme Court. Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 31.3.2016 has directed the Director Generals of Police of States of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure all requisite protection to NHAI officials and contractors, etc. to carry out their duty to construct the EPE.

In pursuance to the order dated 31.03.2016 of Hon’ble Supreme Court, NHAI has now addressed the Police Chiefs of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to necessarily provide security to NHAI officials and contractors in the districts of Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh and Sonepat in Haryana to remove possible obstruction in construction.

NHAI has also provided a list of specific points where the obstruction has been most perceptible.

This directive of the Hon’ble Supreme Court is expected to facilitate speeding up of the construction work in view of the huge mobilization of resources undertaken by contractors for all the 6 packages into which the project is divided.

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Four laning of Hospet-Bellary section of National Highway – 63 in Karnataka
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of the four laning of the Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/Andhra Pradesh Border section of National Highway – 63 in Karnataka.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV. The approval is on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis.

The cost is estimated to be Rs.1621.96 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 95.37 kms. It is estimated that 4,076 mandays are required for construction of one kilometre of highways. As such, employment potential of 3,88,728 (approx.) mandays will be generated locally during the construction period.
The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Karnataka and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying on the Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka/Andhra Pradesh Border sector of NH-63. The development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of the concerned regions of the State and would also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. 

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