Govt approves widening of NH 232 in UP
The government has approved widening of NH-232 to two-lanes with paved shoulders from Tanda to Banda in Uttar Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs1,118.79 crore. The project will be executed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on engineering procurement and construction (EPC) mode. The highway project will be executed in two packages —Tanda to Raebareli and Raebareli to Banda.
The length and cost of Tanda to Raebareli sector will be 155.91 km and Rs648.15 crore respectively while in the Raebareli-Banda sector it will be 133.285 km and Rs470.64 crore. The project will be completed within two and half years from the date of commencement.
These projects are to be implemented on the new model EPC document. The main objective of this model is to ensure implementation of the project to specified standards with a fair degree of certainty relating to cost and time, while transferring the construction risk to private sector agencies.
By the use of the model EPC contract document, it is intended that it shall enable the contractual framework for construction of highways in an efficient, economical and competitive environment. It will minimise, if not completely eliminate, the time and cost over-run characteristic of conventional item rate contracts. Further, it is expected to bring acceleration in execution of highway projects with least cost and greater efficiency.
With up-gradation of this highway to two-lane with paved shoulders by overall improvement of the highway, smooth and safe traffic flow will be ensured between Tanda to Banda and substantial gain in terms of reduced Vehicle Operating Cost (VOC) and reduced travel time would be achieved. In addition, implementation of the project would result development of basic infrastructure in the region which would ultimately lead to the overall economical development.