GUWAHATI: The completion of the 127.77-km four-lane National Highway stretch from Jorhat-Bogibeel Junction is unlikely in the next two/three years if the project goes at the current pace. It is what the public feel. Commuters on the highway have a harrowing time at this stretch. A few dusty and potholed stretches on this road give commuters a hellish experience.
Despite monitoring from its Delhi and Guwahati offices, the NHIDCL (National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd) could not make the construction companies speed up the work. The monsoon hits the state in April or May.
The NHIDCL divided the entire stretch into four packages. GDCL (Gannon Dunkerley Company Ltd) completed only 27.32 per cent of works of the Jorhat-Jhanjhi (37.8 km) package till the first week of December 2021. The target schedule of the project was December 2020. The abysmal slow progress of the project led the NHIDCL to foreclose the agreement and re-awarded the work to Vijeta Projects & Sweety Infrastructure (JV) through retendering recently.
The progress of the 44.075-km Jhanji-Demow package was 42.27 per cent till December 2021. The target schedule of this package is May 2022. If the project work goes at the current pace, certainly, GDCL cannot meet the target. The physical progress of the 26.9-km Demow-End of Moran Bypass package was 76.99 per cent till December 2021. The completion target of the package was April 2021. The package is running behind schedule.
The progress of the 19-km End of Moran Bypass-Bogibeel Junction package was 62.50 per cent till December 2021. The completion target of this package was December 2021. This package is under M/s Manaranjan Brahma. It is also running behind schedule.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met the top NHIDCL officials in New Delhi recently. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the slow progress of works of this stretch. The NHIDCL headquarters and its Guwahati regional office sent messages to the construction companies to speed up their works.