Tender for expansion of Kaithlighat-Dhalli section soon : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Bhanu P Lohumi

Shimla, May 12

Delayed by a month and a half, the tender process for the construction of the Kaithlighat-Dhalli section of the Parwanoo-Shimla four-lane project is expected to start by mid-May.

Will reduce the distance from 40.1 km to 28.4 km

  • The new highway will bypass Shimla and reduce the distance between Kaithlighat and Dhalli from 40.1 km to 28.4 km
  • Five tunnels, including two twin-tube tunnels, and 27 bridges will be built on the section
  • The cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 3,760 crore
  • The tender for the 28.4 km section has been divided into two sections

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) regional manager Abdul Basit attributed the delay to administrative and technical reasons, besides deforestation and land acquisition.

The cost of the project was estimated at Rs 3,760 crore and the tender for the 28.4 km section was split into two sections, Kaithlighat-Shakral (17.46 km) and Shakral-Dhalli (10.98 kilometres). About 30 hectares of land must be acquired in the second section, in addition to the clearing of the forest.

Previously, tunnel experience was not compulsory, but considering that tunnels would be built under the city, which has old and heritage buildings, strict conditions have been incorporated to ensure that there is no no damage to existing buildings and real-time monitoring of the buildings would be completed, he said. Additionally, the contractor would be responsible for repairing the road for up to two years after completion.

The new highway will bypass Shimla and reduce the distance between Kaithlighat and Dhalli from 40.1 km to 28.4 km. Five tunnels, including two twin-tube tunnels, and 27 bridges would be built over the section.

NHAI had terminated Chetak Enterprise’s contract for the construction of the Kaithlighat-Dhalli section of the Parwanoo-Shimla four-lane project as only 2% of the works had been executed against a target of 30% due to delay in the availability of lands. , deforestation.

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