Land acquisition issues affecting schedule of road projects: Gadkari

Vastavam web: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said here today said that certain issues, including hurdles being faced in land acquisition, were affecting the schedule of road projects. He said timely completion of a project was important for its cost-effectiveness. “There are some problems in maintaining the time schedule. We need cooperation of the state government to tackle them. Land acquisition for these projects is a big task,” he said.” We are taking a review of 1,200 projects of over 27,000 kms of length and costing more than Rs 7-8 lakh crore,” the Minister for Roads, Highways and Shipping said.

According to him, the ministry was trying to see how to maintain the schedule of every project. “The ministry expects cooperation from all stakeholders to complete land acquisition in time. Timely completion of any project is important for the cost effectiveness,” the minister said. “Some of the problems in completing the projects are because of the state governments and some because of central government’s different departments. We are trying to make it as early as possible,” he said.

Talking about the projects in Goa, Gadkari said a retired official has been made in-charge of land acquisition. “We have to strengthen his hands. I suggest that we take some retired people, whose salaries would be taken care of by the NHAI, to speed up the land acquisition process,” he said. Gadkari denied that the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar led to delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects in the state. He said the Goa government has completed all the formalities required to start the projects.

“In the absence of Parrikar, all the people are behaving very responsibly and they are cooperating with us. We don’t have any problem,” he added. Gadkari said the work on third bridge on Mandovi river near Panaji has been going on at a fast pace. “This would be the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the country. The first one being Worli Bandra Sea Link project in Mumbai,” he said.