- 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-...