Completion of widening work on Mumbai-Goa Freeway attainable by March 2022 if further funds accessible: NHAI to HC

The Nationwide Freeway Authority of India (NHAI) lately advised the Bombay Excessive Court docket that the ultimate completion of widening work on the Mumbai-Goa Nationwide Freeway is feasible by March 2022, if greater than Rs 200 crore further quantity is organized by the lenders of the undertaking, together with SBI, on the earliest.

The authority additional conceded that whereas the undertaking freeway was in ‘motorable situation’ earlier than the continuing monsoon season, on account of heavy rainfall and heavy vehicular site visitors, some ‘potholes, patches and water stagnation’ developed in sure sections.

The NHAI filed an affidavit earlier than a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni, which has been listening to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by Owais Anwar Pechkar, a resident of Chiplun metropolis in Konkan and an everyday commuter on the freeway. He has sought instructions that steps be taken to repair and canopy potholes on Nationwide Freeway-66, which is liable to accidents.

The NHAI filed an affidavit within the final week of August by means of its Normal Supervisor and Challenge Director Prashant J Fegade, stating, “…the concessionaire and lenders of the undertaking have to rearrange for the stability quantity of about Rs 267 crore over and above the quantity disbursed beneath OTFIS facility for completion of the undertaking…Nonetheless, the assured funding has not been infused by the lenders until date.”

The authority mentioned that provisional completion (75 per cent of the undertaking size) is more likely to be granted by November 30, topic to availability of working season and funds to be made accessible by lenders.

The Excessive Court docket is more likely to hear the PIL subsequent week.

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