Kullu-Manali double-laning project on the fastrack #YesPahari

The work on the 37.3 km-long Kullu-Manali double-laning project to be completed at a cost of Rs 213 crore will commence on February 9. View more at #YesPahari.

Kullu-Manali double-laning project has been awarded to Gawar Company Limited, the contract for the project which will be completed within next two years. The codal formalities for commencing the work have been completed. Out of 86 hectares of land to be acquired for the highway, 35 hectares was already available while the acquisition of 31 hectares of forest land and 20 hectares of private land is in the process, said general manager National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Himachal, Col (Retd) Ram Swaroop Puri.

The NHAI had already deposited Rs 164 crore with the state for accelerating the land acquisition process for 16 hectares of private land. A sum of Rs 68 crore had been paid as compensation to the land owners while four hectares of private land is yet to be acquired.

Clearance is pending
Clearance under the Forest Conservation Act (FCA) is pending with respect to 10 hectares of forest land. An expenditure of Rs 213 crore would be incurred on construction of the road, which does not include the cost of land acquisition, tree felling and plantation, relocation of the existing electricity poles and water and sewerage pipes.

The two-lane project would have paved shoulders (which implies the length of the road would be 10 metres) and one major bridge (80 meters) at Dobi village, vehicle under pass besides five minor bridges, two of which would be newly constructed while three others would be the extension of the existing bridges.

The scope of work will broadly include rehabilitation, upgradation and augmentation of the existing carriageway to two-lane with paved shoulders along 37.3 km length with construction of new pavement, rehabilitation of the existing pavement, construction/rehabilitation of major and minor bridges, culverts, drains, etc. and maintenance of the project during the defect liability period.

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