The authorities is working on a coverage to be certain that there are not any potholes on national highways by year-end and development of roads on Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) mode.
The authorities is working on a coverage to be certain that there are not any potholes on national highways by year-end and development of roads on Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) mode is being most popular as such initiatives are maintained in a greater method, Union minister Nitin Gadkari stated on Thursday.
With an goal to make the national highways freed from potholes by the tip of December this 12 months, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry is firming up performance-based upkeep and short-term upkeep contracts.
Generally, highway development is completed by three modes — BOT, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), and Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM). The roads that are constructed underneath the EPC mode require upkeep fairly early whereas, underneath the BOT mode, roads are higher constructed because the contractor is aware of that he can have to bear the price of upkeep for the next 15-20 years.
“That is why we have decided for construction of roads under the BOT mode in a big way,” the Road Transport and Highways Minister stated at a media briefing on numerous initiatives of his ministry.
Noting that rains could cause injury to highways leading to potholes, Gadkari stated the ministry is doing a security audit of national highways. A coverage is being made to make sure the national highways are freed from potholes and younger engineers can be roped in to make the venture successful, he stated.
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Road Transport and Highways Secretary Anurag Jain stated the ministry has completed the mapping of your complete national freeway size of 1,46,000 kilometres and is firming up performance-based upkeep and short-term upkeep contracts to take away potholes by December this 12 months.
In BOT initiatives, personal traders take the danger of financing, constructing and working freeway initiatives over a concession interval of 20-30 years. The builders then get well the investments by consumer costs or tolls. In EPC initiatives, the federal government pays the developer for developing the freeway whereas the toll revenues accrue to the federal government.