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NHAI: Highest ever highway construction in FY 2019-20

Some good news at the time of Coronavirus scare when NHAI has announced accomplishing construction of 3,979 km of national highways in 2019-20 financial Year. This is the highest ever highway construction achieved in any financial year by NHAI.

There has been a steady growth in the construction pace as noticed in last year with 3,380 km construction in the FY 2018-19. NHAI has achieved an all-time high construction since its inception in 1995 continuing the same trend with the development of 3,979 km of national highways during FY 2019-20.

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has envisaged an ambitious highway development program Bharatmala Pariyojana which includes development of about 65,000 km national highways. Under Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Ministry has approved the implementation of 34,800 km of national highways in 5 years with an outlay of Rs 5,35,000 crore. NHAI has been mandated the development of about 27,500 km of national highways under Bharatmal Pariyojna Phase-I.

08 Apr 2020
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NHAI proposes insurance cover for road projects

The NHAI has proposed insurance cover for road projects that could help bring in credible project developers and mitigate construction period risks. It is trying that insurance companies to give a surety.

This has been proposed to the IRDAI to come up with an instrument. An official said that this mechanism has been proposed since banks are facing difficulties in furnishing bank guarantees.

NHAI is working on the concept of surety bonds, commonplace in several countries, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada. World over,there is a concept of surety bonds. The government is trying to bring that concept to India.

A surety bond is a three-party agreement that legally binds together a principal who needs the bond, an obligee who requires the bond, and a surety company that sells the bond. Surety bonds provide financial guarantee that contracts will be completed according to pre-defined and mutual terms.

29 Jan 2020
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NHAI: Highest ever highway construction in FY 2019-20

By IndianMandarins 08 Apr 2020

Some good news at the time of Coronavirus scare when NHAI has announced accomplishing construction of 3,979 km of national highways in 2019-20 financial Year. This is the highest ever highway construction achieved in any financial year by NHAI.

There has been a steady growth in the construction pace as noticed in last year with 3,380 km construction in the FY 2018-19. NHAI has achieved an all-time high construction since its inception in 1995 continuing the same trend with the development of 3,979 km of national highways during FY 2019-20.

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has envisaged an ambitious highway development program Bharatmala Pariyojana which includes development of about 65,000 km national highways. Under Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Ministry has approved the implementation of 34,800 km of national highways in 5 years with an outlay of Rs 5,35,000 crore. NHAI has been mandated the development of about 27,500 km of national highways under Bharatmal Pariyojna Phase-I.

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NHAI proposes insurance cover for road projects

By IndianMandarins 29 Jan 2020

The NHAI has proposed insurance cover for road projects that could help bring in credible project developers and mitigate construction period risks. It is trying that insurance companies to give a surety.

This has been proposed to the IRDAI to come up with an instrument. An official said that this mechanism has been proposed since banks are facing difficulties in furnishing bank guarantees.

NHAI is working on the concept of surety bonds, commonplace in several countries, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada. World over,there is a concept of surety bonds. The government is trying to bring that concept to India.

A surety bond is a three-party agreement that legally binds together a principal who needs the bond, an obligee who requires the bond, and a surety company that sells the bond. Surety bonds provide financial guarantee that contracts will be completed according to pre-defined and mutual terms.

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NHAI: Alok appointed as Member, Administration

By IndianMandarins 16 Dec 2019

The NaMo administration on Monday appointed Alok (IAS:RJ:1993) to the post of Member (Administration) in National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for a period of three years.

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NHAI: Panel for 03 Member posts scrapped, panel for 01 remains

By IndianMandarins 19 Sep 2019

Two posts of Member (Project) and one each post of Member (PPP) and Member (Administration) had been lying vacant for several months for which the selection process was started in February/March this year.

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that panel for Member (Admin) remains alive whereas panels for two posts of Member (Project) and one for Member (PP) have been scrapped recently.

Even though the Member (Administration) post may be filled soon, NHAI may have to wait for a few more months to get full-strength at Board level.

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NHAI: Selection of Member (PPP) may be scrapped; 04 Member posts vacant

By IndianMandarins 29 Jul 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the selection for the post of Member (PPP) may be scrapped. The appointment of Rajesh Agrawal (IAS:1995:AM) as Executive Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has necessitated the same. Reportedly, the selection committee had in March 2019 selected & recommended Agrawal’s name for the post which had been awaiting ACC for approval. 

It may be mentioned that altogether four posts of Member is lying at present including; Member (Tech), Member (Project), Member (Administration) and Member (PPP).    

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NHAI caught in a slow lane: Fourth top post falling vacant

By IndianMandarins 14 May 2019

With one top post in the National Highways Authority of India falling vacant after the other the institution is soon going to be left with only three members against the sanctioned strength of six top-level stewards running the country’s infrastructural giant.

 

The latest to go is NHAI’s Member (Technical) DO Tawade. His farewell is billed for tomorrow as he is retiring.

 

This will leave the post of fourth member in NHAI vacant until at least a selection is made to fil the vacancy. The process to find a suitable replacement of the superannuating member is reported to have been set on. Yet, this is likely to take a few months time.

 

Last month the post of Member (Admin) had fallen vacant as the incumbent R K Chaturvedi (IAS 1987 MP) was appointed as AS&FA in the Ministry of Culture.

 

This was only months after A K Singh Member (Projects) and Neeraj Verma Member (PPP) had completed their terms in the NHAI which serves as the main arm of Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways.  

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NHAI: Search Committee met to fill 03 posts of Member

By IndianMandarins 09 Mar 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learned that the seven-member Search Committee for NHAI interviewed candidates to fill three posts of Member (Private Public Partnership), Member (Projects) and Member (Technical). The interviews were reportedly held at the Cabinet Secretariat.

 

Reportedly, 18 candidates had applied for the post of Member (PPP) whereas 19 candidates for Member (Technical) and 14 candidates for Member (Project). It may be mentioned that Member (PPP) post fell vacant months back following the repatriation of Neeraj Verma (IAS:1995:AM). The post of Member (Project) fell vacant following the repatriation (on completion of tenure) of Anand Kumar Singh last month whereas D O Tawade, Member (Technical) will complete his tenure May this year.

 

The Search Committee for NHAI is comprised of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, DoPT Secretary C Chandramauli (IAS:1985:TN), MoRTH Secretary Y S Malik (IAS:1983:HY), DEA Secretary S C Garg (IAS:1983:RJ), newly appointed NHAI Chairman N agendra Nath Sinha (IAS:1987:JH), IIM (Ahmedabad) Director Prof Errol D’ Souza and NABARD Chairman Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.

 

As per the established norms, the minutes of the meeting and recommended names will be sent to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for ratification. Reportedly, the final results are expected to be out by the third week of this month. 

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MoRTH’s Tripura-Manipur connection: Coincidence or more than coincidence

By IndianMandarins 07 Mar 2019

After the appointment of Sanjeev Ranjan (IAS:1985:TR) as the new OSD of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, many senior civil servants have come to see MoRTH’s & NHAI’s North-East connection as more than a coincidence. 

 

Following his appointment as the OSD in MoRTH on 03 March 2019, Ranjan in a matter of 23 days will be taking over from Y S Malik as new Secretary, MoRTH. This post was earlier held by Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS officer Vijay Kumar Chhibber (IAS:1982:WB) and later by Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB).

 

Like Ranjan headed NHAI as its regular Chairman, Chhibber, too, had headed the infrastructure arm as a stopgap arrangement for a few months. It may be worth underlining that even though Chhibber retired long back, his services later availed by the center through his appointment as an adviser to BJP Govt of Tripura; though Chhibber resigned later last year.

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