Project cost estimated at Rs 1,568 cr
GUWAHATI: The National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) will develop the National Highway-17 in Lower Assam on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra by converting several stretches into four-lane roads. Initially, two stretches of NH-17 will be made four-lane at an estimated cost of Rs 1,568.1 crore. The NHIDCL has already invited global bids for execution of these projects.
It may be mentioned that the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has entrusted the NHIDCL with the task of developing NH-17 and other National Highways in Assam.
Most of the stretches of NH-17 in Lower Assam are two-lane as of now. However, in view of continuous increase in traffic on NH-17 as well as the Centre's policy of improving road connectivity in the Northeast as a whole, it has been decided to convert it into a four-lane road.
One of the new projects involves four-lane works with paved shoulder on the Paikan to Dhupdhara stretch of the Bilasipara-Guwahati road (NH-17). The work will be executed on EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) mode with a completion deadline of three years and maintenance period of five years. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 940.06 crore.
The second project involves four-lane works with paved shoulder on the Dhupdhara to Milmila stretch (before Chhaygaon market) of Bilasipara-Guwahati road. This project will be also executed on EPC mode with a completion deadline of 30 months and maintenance period of five years. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 628.04 crore.
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