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Default NHAI-NHDP-National Highway Projects Update & News

Introduction: All of us, motorheads on this Forum are naturally interested and inclined to know more about what's new happening in the Indian Automobile Market, be it Passenger car segment, Commercial vehicle Segment and two-wheelers.

While we are gung-ho and happy about all the newer generation vehicles making it to India with more power and better safety features and more so competitive prices, we also do realise that we need better Infrastructure in terms of roads, bridges/Overbridges and expressways.
Our Economy is on the rise , which also led to increasing the affordability of owning a car.But what restrains us in enjoying our drives to the fullest is this infrastructure deficit.

WHY THIS THREAD : While there are separate threads on specific route queries of the forum members which tracks and advises on the road conditions update, distance, alternative routes, etc., there are no thread which tracks the news/update of the road projects planned by National Highway Authority of India(NHAI) to bridge this deficit.
I feel, as motor enthusiasts we should also be aware of the road projects information which are at various stages of planning and implementation. Also, we should know about the different government initiatives planned for this sector which would make our drive safer and more enjoyable.

WHAT THIS THREAD WOULD DO: This thread would:
1. Track and report various road projects planned by NHAI across the country.
2. Update the status of road projects under various stages of Planning, awarding or implementation.
3. Report different Government initiatives to spruce and fast track the road infrastructure in India.
4. Update various news relevant w.r.t to road infrastructure in India.
5. Report and update only public information.
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Default Re: Hosur-Krishnagiri Six laning

Here's the first bit of information on Six laning of Hosur-Krishnagiri stretch

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded to Reliance Infrastructure Limited a contract to widen the existing four-lane National Highway No. 7 from Bangalore to Krishnagiri (chainage 33.130 to 93.0) into a six-lane road. The project will be implemented at a cost of Rs. 925 crore on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model.

The new structure will have three major flyovers, seven minor bridges, five vehicular underpasses and eight pedestrian underpasses.

It will be implemented on Design, Build, Finance, Operate (DBFO) pattern under the phase V programme of the National Highways Development Programme as part of the Golden Quadrilateral Project of NHAI.

According to NHAI, the project should be completed in 30 months from the date of the commencement of work. NHAI officials said work on the project began from zero hours on June 7.

The Hosur-Krishnagiri toll road will have state-of-the-art Advanced Toll Management Services (ATMS) at the toll plazas to automate tolling and streamline the toll collection. Highway Toll Management System (HTMS) used on the project site will have CCTVs, speed detectors and other services to monitor traffic flow on the road. Reliance Infrastructure Limited will collect toll from the existing four-lane road and credit the proceeds to an escrow account

A separate Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Hosur-Krishnagiri Toll Road Private Limited (HKTRL) has been established by Reliance Infrastructure Limited to implement the project. The SPV will collect toll and maintain the road for 26 years. After the expiry of 26 years it will be handed over to the government.

NHAI officials said the toll rates were decided by the Ministry of Surface Transport through Fee Rules 2008. The company had no right to increase the toll rates, the officials said.

The rates charged would be 50 per cent over and above the existing ones, mainly because NHAI had not revised the existing rates for the last 10 years, a release from NHAI said.
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Default Chaibasa-Kandra-Chowka road in Jharkhand

IL&FS Transportation to build road in Jharkhand for Rs 433 cr

IL&FS Transportation Networks today said it will renovate the 68.7-km long Chaibasa-Kandra-Chowka road in Jharkhand for an estimated cost of Rs 433 crore.

In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company said its subsidiary Jharkhand Road Project Implementation Company has inked an agreement with the Jharkhand government for carrying out the job in two-and-a-half years time.
The project, to be executed on Built-Operate-Transfer basis, includes two laning of the road with paved shoulder.

"The project is on annuity basis with a concession period of 17.5 years...The company shall receive a semi-annual annuity of Rs 41.13 crore," the statement said.

Worries mount over highway projects-Ranchi-Hazaribagh Road work in trouble over Maoist Attack

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) top brass has asked for a detailed report from its local project director on the Hazaribagh Maoist attack in which armed rebels torched heavy vehicles working on a road widening project, its concerns centred around the future of a slew of pending projects worth over Rs 2,500 crore.

NHAI sources said while internationally acclaimed Punj Lloyd and IL&FS were chosen as the primary contractor, or concessionaire, for the Rs 600 crore widening project of a 71.5 km-stretch between Ranchi and Hazaribagh on NH-33, they had, in turn, roped in Rajasthan based GR Infraprojects Ltd as EPC (engineering, procurement & construction) to execute the project on ground.

NHAI apprehends the Hazaribagh attack, in which the rebels set fire to 47 heavy vehicles and then engaged security forces in a pitched gun battle at Morangi, 13 km away, could make it difficult for it to convince other reputed contracting firms to take up highway projects in Jharkhand.

Earlier attempts by NHAI to involve contractors under BOT-toll bore no results. Primary contractors weren’t ready to bid for projects under that scheme citing Jharkhand’s turbulent politics and fragile law and order situation, expressing fears that collection of toll would not be enough to recover investment.

NHAI engineers do not rule out trouble in the future when work on other four-laning projects of NH-33 — between Barhi and Hazaribagh and between Ranchi and Jamshedpur — start. Primary contractors for both stretches have already been appointed.

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Default NHAI gets EC for NH-73 connecting Panchkula, Barwala, Saha and Yamunanagar

In a major boost to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the four-laning project of NH 73 finally got environmental clearance from ministry of environment and forests.

Confirming the development, NHAI project director Anil Dahiya said that the issue was pending in the ministry of environment and forests for the past one year. Dahiya further added that for the four laning of NH-73 they have already acquired 80% land and also awarded compensation against the acquired land.

Delay in the project has also increased the cost of this project. Initially, the estimated cost of this project was around Rs 662 crore, but now, it has increased to Rs 985 crore.

A 109-km stretch of the highway, which connects Panchkula, Barwala, Saha and Yamunanagar, will be four-laned. Work will be carried out on build-operate-transfer basis and new bridges constructed on the way following the pattern of Ambala-Zirakpur highway. Toll will be also levied for travelling on the road.

With the four laning, connectivity of Panchkula with other parts of Haryana will improve. This is also expected to decrease the pressure on Ambala-Zirakpur highway as it would also cater to traffic heading to Ambala. People going to Dehradun and Roorkee will also be able to use it.

The road was recognized as a national highway in 2000. Centre took that decision because the traffic on it had increased. Before that, it was a state highway.

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Default Re: NHAI-NHDP-National Highway Projects Update & News

Can you also post the date(s) of each article(s)?

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Default NH14 between Beawar and Pindwara in Rajasthan.

Larsen and Toubro (L&T) said that its subsidiary, Larsen and Toubro Infrastructure Development Projects Limited (L&TIDPL), has signed a Rs 2,600 crore concession agreement with the National Highways Authority of India ( NHAI ).

The agreement is for four-laning of the 244 km of NH14 between Beawar and Pindwara in Rajasthan.

"The estimated project cost is about Rs.2,600 crore and the project is scheduled to be completed in 30 months. It will be executed on BOT (build operate transfer) DBFO (design, build, finance and operate) basis, with a concession period of 23 years," the company said in a regulatory filing.

With this project, L&T currently has 16 projects in its BOT roads portfolio, of which seven are at present in operational phase, eight in construction phase and this project is entering the development phase, thus cumulating in a length of 6,700 km and total length of 1,461 km.

source: L&T arm signs Rs 2,600 crore agreement with NHAI - The Economic Times
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Default Re: NHAI-NHDP-National Highway Projects Update & News

Nice Thread. Could someone let me know which state has the most nr. of good roads along with good inter state road connectivity?
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Default India's largest highway project-555km Ahmedabad-Udaipur-Kishangarh stretch

6 Laning of 555km Ahemdabad-Udaipur-Kishangarh stretch

Eleven players are in the fray to construct India's largest-ever highway project. The 555-km Ahemdabad-Udaipur-Kishangarh stretch is expected to cost nearly Rs 5,400 crore, which is sufficient to build a power project that generates 1,340-megawatt electricity.

And, the stretch could also help the government generate revenues of nearly Rs 10,000 crore over 20 years since the stiff competition is expected generate a premium during the bidding process that will now commence.

The list of shortlisted developers ranges from domestic giants L&T , GMR and Tata Infrastructure to First Pacific from the West Indies, Australia's Leighton and Malaysia's IJM. In addition, players such as GVK have formed a joint venture with Australia's Belford, while Nagarjuna Construction is bidding in partnership with Malaysian major Plus. Similarly, Hindustan Construction has tied up with Italian infrastructure company Vince as its partner, while local players Reliance Infra and IRB and Isolux and Soma have set up their own joint ventures.

This Kishangarh-Udaipur-Ahmedabad section, which is spread over NH -79 A, NH-79 , NH-76 and NH-8 , covers parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The stretch that falls under the crucial Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) network is already four-laned and is now being upgraded into a six-lane highway. "This is a lucrative highway sector with over 40,000 tolled vehicles plying on this stretch. The traffic on this corridor will increase manifold since it a crucial link to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port and the Mumbai-Pune expressway," said a senior NHAI official.

Source: India's largest highway project up for grabs - The Economic Times
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Default Rising inflation benefits toll road companies, not users

Rising inflation to benefit toll road companies

The current high inflationary environment will help boost revenues of toll road companies, said ratings agency Crisil.

Crisil, which has analysed the impact of the current inflationary environment on the revenues of 21 toll road projects that are currently in operation, expects toll revenues to grow by 20% in 2011-12. However, consumers should be prepared to pay higher toll charges.

Operational toll-road projects stand to benefit from the prevailing high-inflationary environment, given that revisions in toll rates are linked to movements in inflation indices, and traffic growth is relatively inelastic," said Pawan Agrawal, director, Crisil Ratings. "This growth will be contributed almost equally by revisions in toll rates and an expected rise in traffic volumes based on our estimates of nearly 8% growth in the Indian economy," he added.

High revenue growth, coupled with low operating costs for toll roads will, therefore, enhance the cash accruals and debt repayment capacity of toll roads, and can positively impact ratings for toll road projects in the short term. Cumulative toll revenue for these projects stood at around 1,000 crore for 2010-11.

Companies that can benefit are toll road developers such as IL&FS Transport Networks, Ashoka Buildcon, Nagarjuna Construction, Shappoorji Pallonji, the GMR Group, and the GVK Group, among others. "The visible impact will be seen in FY11-12," said Mr Agrawal.

As per the Crisil study, road sector's concession agreements allow for the increase in toll rates to be linked to movements in inflation indices during the year, and the inflation rate has averaged at 9.5% in the past 12 months. Further, the growth in traffic on Indian roads so far has been largely inelastic, primarily on account of monopolistic features of roads (given the paucity of quality alternative roads), and its close linkage with economic activity.

Virendra D Mhaiskar, chairman, IRB Infrastructure Developers, said: "Benefit of high inflation will partially impact the toll fee for the projects bidded post 2008 as the tariff accounts for just 40% of WPI, under the new tariff norms." Projects bid prior to that were 100% co-related to the WPI.

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Default Re: IRB Infra to increase Surat-Dahisar toll in Sept

Toll road builder IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd will raise toll rates on Surat-Dahisar highway by about 10 percent effective Sept. 1 a top official told Reuters on Thursday.

"This is as per the concession agreement provisions (with the government), we don't have right to revise it as per our wish," its Chairman and Managing Director Virendra D. Mhaiskar told Reuters.
The toll rate for each category (of vehicle) and toll plaza is different,"
The toll-road builder had earlier hiked toll rates for Bharuch-Surat highway by 10 percent effective July 1, he said.
Effective April 1, it had raised toll rates for the Mumbai-Pune Expressway by about 18 percent.

As per the development contracts of these roads, there is a provision to revise toll rates on Bharuch-Surat and Surat-Dahisar highways every year and every third year for Mumbai-Pune Expressway, he added

India built about 1,800 kilometres of roads in 2010/11, but will award a record 7,300 kms of road building contracts this year, worth $12 billion, a top NHAI official said in June.

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Default Re:4-laning of Shivpur-Dewas section awarded to GVK Transportation

NHAI awards Rs 2,815 cr project to GVK

With private companies growing interest in the road sector, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) today awarded a Rs 2,815 crore contract in Madhya Pradesh to infrastructure player GVK that will fetch it an annual premium of about Rs 190 crore for 30 years, more than the total project cost.

With this award, the income to NHAI would be over Rs 870 crore per annum from four projects which it bid out within last few days.

"We have successfully awarded Rs 2,815 crore project in Madhya Pradesh for four-laning of Shivpur-Dewas section to GVK Transportation NHAI will get a premium of Rs 189.9 crore per annum on this for 30 years, with a provision of an increase of five per cent every year,"a senior Road Ministry official told PTI.
The 330 km-project will be built under phase IV of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP)on BOT (build, operate and transfer) basis on DBFOT (design, build, finance, operate and transfer) pattern.

GVK was selected out of 14 major bidders that included players like GMR, Gammon, Essar and Punj Lloyd,the official said, adding that the "contract was proposed to be bid out on 15 per cent viability gap funding (VGF)."

The development comes close on the heels of NHAI bidding out its first mega project -- Kishangarh-Udaipur-Ahmedabad at Rs 636 crore annual premium for 26 years to Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure on July 29.
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Process of Electornic Toll Collection

The Union Government has set up a committee to carry forward the process of electronic toll collection in the country. The Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to examine all technologies available for Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) and recommend the most suitable one for implementation throughout India. The Committee submitted its Report on 02.07.2010 recommending adoption of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). To implement the ETC an Apex Committee has been constituted. Terms of Reference of the Committee are:

(i) To develop strategy for implementation of ETC in the country including planning, operational methodology, process design, system design, security function and performance requirements;

(ii) To evolve and finalize standards for various components of ETC system;

(iii)To evolve an institutional framework for implementation and operation of ETC;

(iv)To oversee the implementation of the project by the designated agencies.

(v) To consider issue of upgrading High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) by using RFID Technology.

NHAI has envisaged a Pilot project of GIS based Satellite Imagery for Planning & Monitoring of National Highways for 1200 km covering Country’s far flung areas. The modalities of such a pilot project are being worked out. However, timeframe for implementation of such pilot project cannot be predicted at this point of time.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Jitin Prasada in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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Default Re: NHAI-NHDP-National Highway Projects Update & News

Folks any news on the NH-1 upgrade? between Karnal and Chandigarh?
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Six laning of NH-4 between Dharwad and Belgaum is in progress. Following is the news article.

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Hubli: Pralhad Joshi, MP, has said that the much-needed widening of the Dharwad-Belgaum stretch of Pune-Bangalore NH4 will be converted into a six-lane road and the work was likely to begin by January-end.
Mr. Joshi has said in a press release issued here on Sunday that the tender process for the widening of the road stretch between Narendra (Dharwad) and Hanaga (Belgaum) has been completed.
Mr. Joshi has said that Maharashtra-based Ashok BuildCom has been shortlisted for the work of converting the existing four-lane road stretch of 79.36 km into a six-lane road.
The Rs. 600 crore worth work would be executed on “Design, Finance, Build, Operate and Transfer” (DFBOT) model and the work is likely to commence by January-end, the release added.

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As per NHAI website/schedule - Six laning should be completed by June 2013


Belgaum-Dharwad(Approved Length 111 Km)


BOT - Under Implementation - (start date)Dec 2010 - (complete date)Jun 2013 - (builder)Ashoka Buildcon

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IL&FS Transportation's subsidiary signs concession agreement with Government of Jharkhand for Adityapur-Kandra Road

IL&FS Transportation Networks has announced that the concession agreement for the captioned project was signed between the Government of Jharkhand and Jharkhand Road Project Implementation Company, a subsidiary of the company for undertaking the improvement works of Adityapur - Kandra Road in the State of Jharkhand for 15.1 km to be developed in four lanes on Built Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.

The project is on annuity basis with a concession period of 15.75 years including 0.75 year of construction period. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 241.15 crore. The company shall receive a semi - annual annuity of Rs. 22.91 crore.


Atlanta gets Bihar road contract for Mohania-Ara Stretch

Mumbai-based infrastructure company Atlanta Ltd got a Rs917 crore contract from the government of Bihar for widening the Mohania-Ara section of national highway No. 30.

The contract has been awarded on a design build finance operate transfer (DBFOT)-toll basis for a length of 116.76 km for the road connecting Patna and Durgavati via Dinara and Hisadi Bazaar.

Atlanta has formed a special purpose vehicle under the name of Mora Tollways Ltd to undertake this project.

Atlanta has got another DBFOT project in a consortium to rehabilitate, upgrade and widen the existing carriageway of the Ropar-Chamkaur Saheb-Neelon-Doraha section up to national highway 1 in Punjab. The total cost of this project in Punjab is Rs220 crore.
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