Our Mumbai Bureau
Road transportation plays a key role in bringing about the development of remote regions by opening them to trade and investment and integrating them with the mainstream economy. For India's road sector, 2012-13 was a challenging year. Several key issues such as land acquisition, environmental clearances, etc. have adversely impacted road projects in India.
But so far in 2014, the road sector has witnessed an upward trend. Projects worth more than Rs 5,000 crore are up for grabs this week.
The largest project that is up for bidding is from the Government of Jharkhand Road Construction Department. The Rs 4,000 crore project is for the construction of 21.35 km Shankh Chatra (Lukaiya on NH-75) road in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The last date for submission of tenders is 17 March 2014.
In the northeast region, the Public Works Department of the Government of Mizoram has invited tenders for the improvement and upgradation of 45.53 km Chhumkhum-Chawgnte road. The Rs 200-crore contract will be for a period of 48 months.
In the souther region of India, there are four projects up for bidding. The largest project is in Andhra Pradesh from the Roads and Buildings Department (National Highways). The order is worth Rs 150 crore and the last date for submission of tenders is 4 April 2014. In Karnataka, there are two projects Rs 10 crore project from the Government of Karnataka, Public Works Department at Hosapete, and Rs 10 crore project from Karnataka Neeravari Nigama Ltd at Gulbarga. In Tamil Nadu, Chennai's Highways Department has invited tenders for the widening the stretch of grand southern trunk road including land acquisition, construction of dram cum platform and realigning the centre median.
In the western region, there are two projects up for grabs. The City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd has invited tenders for the construction of concrete road along the alignment of upcoming Metro Railway route from Belapur to Pendhar at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.