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Metal To The Moolah

Discretionary bending of rules marked UPA bid to enhance GQ highway project

Metal To The Moolah

Accident-Prone Stretch

  • The traffic density norm of 40,000 passenger car units per day for four-lanes was lowered to 25,000 PCUs for six-lanes
  • Instead of a risk analysis before inviting bids, NHAI got it done only when evaluating the bids
  • Rule on viability gap funding was flouted in two cases with over 36 per cent being allowed
  • Enhanced government funding was justified in both cases saying it “is amongst the busy stretches of GQ”
  • Low toll revenue from one of the stretches puts question mark on the UPA government’s largesse


One of the greatest gifts of the NDA-I government under then PM A.B. Vajpayee was the 5,846-km Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) which connects the four big metros—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta—via four-lane highways. Even as the mega project was under execution, in 2005-06 the UPA regime decided to steal the thunder and proposed six-...

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