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Project of four/six laning of Gandhidham

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure today approved the implementation of the project of 71.40 Km long section in the State of Gujarat of four/six laning of Gandhidham-Mundra Port section of NH-8A under NHDP Phase III on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis.

The total project cost is estimated at Rs.953.88 crore under the DBFOT pattern. The concession period of the project shall be for 25 years including a construction period of 30 months.

The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the State.  The project is one of the stretches approved by the Government under the NHDP Phase III.  The project road runs between  Godhra to state border of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.  It will expedite improvement of Roads infrastructure in the state of Gujarat and provide improved connectivity between two major ports of Gujarat and will facilitate in reducing the time and cost of travel.

BACKGROUND:

The Cabinet gave approval for four/six laning of 4000 Km of National Highways under the NHDP Phase IIIA on BOT basis in its meeting held in March, 2005.  Subsequently, Government approved additional stretches in May,2006;  Oct., 2006 and April, 2007, for implementation of four laning.  The total tentative length of 12109 Km is to be done at an estimated cost of Rs.80,626 crores.  The stretch under consideration is one of the approved stretches.

The major impact of the project lies in reducing the time and cost of travel of the traffic plying between Gandhidham (Kandla) and Mundra, connecting two major ports in the state of Gujarat.  It will also increase the potential of employment to local labourers for the project activities.


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