Weak markets, lack of debt with FIs held up highways growth: Govt
Aug 29 2013 , New Delhi
"In some projects, awarded last fiscal, no bid was received and the reasons for not meeting the target of award of work include poor market sentiment, lack of equity with concessionaire, unavailability of debt with financial institutions etc," Minister for State for Road Transport and Highways Tushar A Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) awarded 1,116 km of projects as against a target of 8,100 km in the financial year 2012-13, he said.
This year the government has decided to award works on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) also along with BOT (Built-Operate-Transfer).
The target set for award of work, in the current fiscal, under various schemes such as National Highways Development Project (NHDP), Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE), and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in naxal affected areas is 9,638 km for 2013-14 fiscal.
Earlier this week, government cleared 36 infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.83 lakh crore stalled mainly due to various regulatory hurdles.
Cabinet Committee on Investment, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, cleared projects across various infrastructure sectors including 18 in the power sector, and 18 others in sectors like Road, Railways, Petroleum and Natural Gas.