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New Delhi, Feb. 27

Award of contacts for road construction and improvement along North-South (NS) and East-West (EW) corridors connecting Srinagar with Kanyakumari and Silchar with Porbandar is likely to be completed by March.

These stretches are under the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) phase-II. This would exclude the stretch for Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal, where there are difficulties of terrain, alignment and environmental clearance.

The Economy Survey has called for a shift towards corridor management on those stretches of highways whose construction has been completed. "It is expected that the Golden Quadrilateral would be substantially completed by June 2006, and the NS and EW corridors would be completed by December, 2008," the Economic Survey said. It stressed on the need to improve port connectivity.

Golden Quadrilateral is expected to be substantially complete by June 2006, NS and EW corridor by December 2008, NHDP Phase III A is targeted to be completed by December 2009, it added.

The constraints faced in the timely completion of NHDP are delays in land acquisition and removal of structures, law and order problem in some States and poor performance of some contractors, it said.

As on November 30, 2005, 6,271 km of roads under National Highway Development Project with the bulk of 5,097 km lying on the Golden Quadrilateral was complete. Another 6,179 km was under construction, it added.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 28, 2006)
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