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‘Damaged stretches on NHs reduced by over 60% in 6 months’ | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Special focus on priority maintenance of national highways by the NHAI has reduced damaged stretches by more than 60% in the past six months, a top official said. Under the drive to make highways “patchless”, stretches with potholes, alligator cracking and rutting were brought down to barely 400 km by September.
Official data show that a delayed monsoon caused some damage to highways and currently about 1,193 km such stretches require maintenance. The official said when the programme was launched in April, 3,145 km out of the 35,000 km under NHAI were identified as needing maintenance.
“This is an ongoing process. It’s our top priority to ensure NHs with us are in good condition. People want good roads for a smooth journey. We may have bigger plans for expressways or modern highways but if we fail to keep existing roads in good condition, then it’s our failure. Timely maintenance is our focus and there will be no compromise,” NHAI chairman S S Sandhu told TOI.
The NHAI issued instructions in April to regional officers and project directors to carry out maintenance after visual assessment through car-mounted cameras and drones. “Lackadaisical approach in attending to these requirements in many cases results in severe public criticism and leads to costlier interventions at a later stage,” an official circular said.
Officials said regional officers were empowered to make expenditure up to Rs 10 crore for a stretch following the bidding process. The concession agreements also provide enough power to the NHAI to take up maintenance whenever a contractor or a concessionaire fails to rectify defects.



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