Government approves six-laning of nine highways

January 29th, 2009 - 7:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a Rs.182.38-billion (Rs.18,238-crore) project for the six-laning of nine existing four-lane national highways. The project will cover a total length of 1,409.93 km, said an official statement Thursday.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will develop the highways under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

The private developer will be selected by NHAI following a two-stage bidding process, the statement said.

The highways will be developed in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

The costliest among the nine projects would be the one being constructed in Rajasthan, the Kishangarh-Udaipur highway running 315 km, and it will cost about Rs.35.97 billion.

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