Gaya-Patna road repair work-NHAI
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), on April 24, 2014 awarded the Rs 2015 crore contract to IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited.
GAYA: Virtually washing its hands off, the state government has passed the buck to NHAI for the repair of Gaya-Patna stretch of NH-83 linking the state capital with the Grand Trunk road near Dobhi in Gaya district. A few days back, the Patna high court took serious note of the poor condition of Gaya-Patna road and disapprovingly compared it with the fine condition of the road linking the state capital with Biharsharif.
The Gaya-Patna road is dotted by pot holes all along the route. According to Danish, a driver frequently shuttling between Gaya and Patna, a large number of road users now take either the Kurtha-Kinjar or Khizarsarai-Ekangarsarai route for going to Patna.
The project hit several road blocks including delay in land acquisition and problems like environmentally protected water bodies. The four lane road is to criss-cross three districts like–Gaya, Jehanabad and Patna.
Once the four-laning job was complete, the distance between Patna and Gaya airports would be covered in about 100 minutes. As of now, on account of poor road condition and traffic jams at different points including Chakand, Belaganj, Makhdumpur, Jehanabad, Beldari Chak and Sampat Chak etc, the average travel time between Gaya and the state capital is more than four hours, say road users.
According to well-placed sources, nearly half of the Rs 2015 crore have been ear marked for compensating land owners and the remaining amount would be spent on earth work, concretization, black topping and bridge construction etc.