NHAI to curb project hurdles
With most highway projects stuck midway and showing no signs of moving ahead quickly, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has deemed it fit to take the contractual problems in managing public-private partnership (PPP) projects to the notice of the ministry of road transport and highways.
A PPP does not get implemented simply as a contract between two parties. The concessionaire, apart from invoking its rights under the contract, drags NHAI under the writ jurisdiction of the high court. The indirect stakeholders can also resort to public interest litigation. The contract management of the project, therefore, becomes extremely difficult, said NHAI.
Over the past two years, PPP in the highways sector has been going through a rough phase where NHAI has approached the high courts and the Supreme Court to find a solution to the delayed development of various stretches.