October 01, 2009, New Delhi: On October 1, 2009, the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure approved the project implementation of four laning of Parwanoo-Solan Section of NH 22 in the State of Himachal Pradesh (HP) under National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) Phase III on a Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) basis.
The main object of the project is to expedite improvement of infrastructure in HP. The project is one of the stretches approved by the Government of India (GoI) under NHDP Phase III. The project road runs between Parwanoo and Solan, which will facilitate in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic running between these two hill towns and give a boost to the tourism industry.
The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure gave its approval for four to six laning of 4,000 km of national highways under NHDP Phase IIA on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis in its meeting held on March 05, 2005. Subsequently, GoI approved additional stretches on May 18, 2006, October 27, 2006 and April 12, 2007, for the implementation of four laning. Total tentative length of 12,109 km will be done at an estimated cost of Rs 80,626 crore. Accordingly, four laning of 89 stretches having an actual length of 12,230 km have been identified. The stretch under consideration is one of the approved stretches.
Implementation Strategies and Targets
Implementation methodology shall be the same as approved by the Cabinet on March 5, 2005, May 18, 2006 and April 12, 2007 for NHDP Phase III (Phase IIIA and IIIB). Accordingly, the bids have been invited on the basis of provisions of approved Model Concession Agreement subject to such changes as accepted by Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) and the Manual for Standards and Specifications as published by Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
The major impact of this sub-project shall be on improving the road highways infrastructure leading to reduction in time and cost of travel, thereby giving a boost to the tourism industry in HP. It will also increase the potential of employment to local labourers for the project activities.
The total project cost is estimated to be Rs 549 crore under the DBFO pattern. The concessionaire will incur all expenditure to complete the project and will recover the same by imposing user fee for 20 years, including a construction period of 30 months.
Number of Beneficiaries
The project is bound to help a large number of beneficiaries comprising commuters, labourers, tourism industry professionals and traders and business community in very thickly populated areas by adding opportunities galore due to this road infrastructure sub-project, which is covered in the three districts of Uttar Pradesh - Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Sitapur.
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