CM directs authorities to resolve problems related to National Highway projects

Directives have been given to immediately resolve the issues related to land acquisition and licenses of the forest department so that the projects of national highways in Maharashtra can be completed on time.

CM directs authorities to resolve problems related to National Highway projects

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray,  in a recent decision, directed the Revenue, Forest, Urban Development and Public Works Department to immediately address the issues related to land acquisition and permits of the Forest Department with an aim to facilitate timely completion of National Highway projects in the state.

A meeting regarding the same was held in the presence of the CM, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari who shared information regarding land acquisition and various permits required for the widening of National Highways in Maharashtra. Present at the meeting were Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Public Works Minister (excluding Public Enterprises) Ashok Chavan, Public Works Minister (Public Enterprises) and Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar and others.

Currently, a total of 159 projects spanning over 6,607 km of National Highways are underway in the state, out of which work-related to 4,875 km has been completed and the other 680 km is pending, whereby officials are waiting for permission from the land acquisition teams and forest department.

CM also took note of the reasons for the pending process of land acquisition and issuance of forest department licenses and directed the concerned to complete the process immediately.

Adding more, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that a lot of work is underway in Maharashtra, and in order to expedite the same, the departments should work towards land acquisition and issuance of other permits. A time bound program should be decided for the licenses of the forest department, and as per the annual plan of the central government, works of national highways worth INR 2,727 crore have been sanctioned in the state.

Besides this, another INR 5,801 crores worth project work will be done in the state. Gadkari also suggested that the problems in the National Highways project, which is being built in the state on a 'build, use and transfer' basis, should be addressed at the earliest.

Sharing his thought, Public Works Minister Ashok Chavan said that once the state highway is declared a national highway, plans should be made for its maintenance and repair. The Jintur-Aundha route should be included in the annual plan of the Center. Moreover, strict action should be taken against the contractors who are delaying and not completing the work on the National Highways. He also stated that the central government should provide a special package for railway bridges in the state, discussions for which need to held at the earliest.

Besides the above-mentioned officials, Chief Adviser to the Chief Minister Ajoy Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Vikas Kharge, Additional Chief Secretary of State Public Works Manoj Sounik, Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue Nitin Karir, Principal Secretary of Forest Department Milind Mhaiskar, Secretary (Roads) Anil Gaikwad, Rajiv Singh, Chief General Manager, National Highways Authority, Ashish Asti, Chief General Manager, Highways Authority, Vinay Deshpande, Secretary, National Highways were also present on the occasion.

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