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Home > News > Nhai Awards Nh 66 Widening Project To Irb Infrastructure Developers

NHAI awards NH 66 widening project to IRB Infrastructure Developers

Infrawindow News Bureau

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Mangalore

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Aug. 17, 2012, 03:23 PM

 

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said that it has awarded IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd the contract for widening the 189-km stretch on the National Highway (NH) 66 from Kundapur to the Goa border.  

 

The NHAI had proposed to widen the stretch of the highway into four lanes under phase IV of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP), according to sources.

 

The cost of the project had been estimated at Rs 1,790 crore. It would be taken up under design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis.

 

Meanwhile, IRB Infrastructure Developers said that it had received the Letter of Award (LoA) dated July 31, 2012 from the NHAI to this effect. “The NHAI has accepted four price bid and has declared us as the ‘selected bidder’ for the project…” said the company.

 

IRB Infrastructure Developers said that according to it, the cost of the project would be approximately Rs 2,400 crore. The construction period would be 910 days. It has sought Rs 536.22 crore as viability gap funding from the NHAI.

 

The stretch proposed for widening was part of the 296-km highway from Goa border (near Karwar) to Kerala border (near Talapady) in the State.

The stretch between Kundapur and Talapady, via Mangalore, on the same highway was now being widened by the NHAI under phase III of the NHDP. With the new project on the anvil, the highway passing through Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts via Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Kundapur, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Thokkottu, and Talapady was all set to get a facelift.

New bridges for major rivers such as Sharavathi, Kali, and Aghanasini would have to be built under the project, sources said.

A main feature of the project was an elevated highway of 350-metre length and 12-metre width which would come up at Maravanthe, a tourist spot, where the existing highway passed through a narrow stretch between the sea and the river. The highway would be built along the river at about a metre height from the existing highway, sources said. 




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