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Six road widening projects to be taken up in TN, Pondicherry

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Chennai, Nov. 14

SIX build, own and transfer (BOT) road widening projects worth Rs 2,247 crore are to be taken up in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

The projects will be undertaken under the National Highways Development Plan phase II. The projects will cover a total length of the 523.61 km in Tiruchi, Dindigul, Karur, Thanjavur, Madurai, Tuticorin, Pondicherry, Tindivanam, Salem and Ulunderpet, according to information available on the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Web site.

The NHAI has invited qualification and financial proposals from companies interested in design, engineering construction, development, finance, operation and maintenance of the projects. The scope of the work includes widening of existing two-lane roads to four lanes, including operation, maintenance and tolling of the project highway stretches.

An agreement will be drawn up between NHAI and a selected bidder on a real toll basis. Revenue from the proposed tolling of the project will accrue to the special purpose company undertaking the project, NHAI said.

The NHDP (phase I and II) was launched in 1999 covering a length of nearly 14,000 km at an estimated cost of Rs 54,000 crore.

NHDP phase III was launched in 2005 for improving and four-laning of 10,000 km of selected high-density corridors of National Highways at an estimated cost of Rs 55,000 crore, information on the Web site says.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 15, 2005)
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