Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today informed that the government of India has released funds for remaining work of four-laning of Kiratpur to Nerchowk national highway and the work would be completed soon that will facilitate the people of the state. He said that he had taken up the matter in this regard with the Union Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and this decision was the outcome of the same.
He said that Rs. 1455.73 crore has been tendered for balance work on four laning of Kiratpur to Nerchowk section of NH-21 greenfield alignment excluding Sundernagar bypass on Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM)
He said that national highway authority (NHAI) tendered the remaining work of this road on Friday on Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) and the company that will construct this national highway will also maintain it for 15 years. He said that the work on 29 kilometers has already been awarded and is under progress.
The Chief Minister said that the government of India had entrusted to the NHAI the development, maintenance and management of National Highway No. 21. The Authority had resolved to augment balance work for four laning of Kiratpur to Nerchowk section of NH-21 on design, build, operate and transfer basis. It has decided to carry out the bidding process for selection of a private entity as the bidder to whom the Project may be awarded.