“Construction at Humfrey Strait gains steam”

Green flag for construction of Middle Strait Bridge
Report by: 
NITISH KUMAR TIWARI
Port Blair
3 Sep 2018

Following the CRZ clearance accorded by the Centre for construction of major bridge over Middle Strait recently, pace of construction of the two crucial bridges in the Middle Andaman region is set to gain momentum soon. As per reports, the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Road Transport Ministry, earlier last month, signalled green for the bridge over Middle Strait. The National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) had already awarded the project to M/s Vasistha Mantena NH JV in 2017, and the agency will issue the appointed date to the construction firm soon after receipt of formal communication from the Centre. Meanwhile, construction of the major bridge over Humfrey Strait connecting Baratang to Uttara, Kadamtala is progressing as schedule.

Speaking to EOI, the General Manager (Project) of NHIIDCL, A & N Islands, Mr Manoj Kumar Verma informed that 25.52 percent of physical progress of construction of the Humfreystrait has been achieved, while financial progress has been recorded at a healthy 32 percent. “Construction of temporary bridge and piling of piers for the bridge over Humfrey Strait creek has been expedited and piling of eight piers of the total 16 has been completed. Pier piling is crucial for any major bridge project and NHIIDCL will ensure that the task is completed within the set timeline. The major bridge will be of 1450 mtrs including 430 mtrs of approach road with a span of 60 mts and span girder width of 14.8 mts. The bridge will also have 1.5 mtrs of footpath on either sides. Formal communication regarding CRZ Clearance is expected from the Ministry of Environment and Forest after which construction of bridge over Middle Strait will kick off,” informed Mr Verma.

Meanwhile, the residents of North & Middle Andaman have expressed their happiness that the central government has extended their green signal on the Middle Strait bridge. This bridge is vital for the faster transportation of people and materials to this part of the islands. 

As per the latest updates of other infrastructure projects being executed by NHIDCL, 28.44 percent of construction work two 2-Lane with hard shoulder, Rehabilitation and up-gradation of Beodnabad- Ferrargunj section of NH-223 from Km 12.0 to 45.0 (excluding Km 21.0 to 28.0) on EPC Basis has been completed, while 23 percent of rehabilitation and Upgradation of Jarawa area of NH-223 (New NH-4) from Km 59.40 to Km 107.00 and Km 138.30 to Km 155.00 has been completed. PATSC, inception report, draft feasibility report & alignment details for highway projects at Hut Bay, Havelock, Neil Island, Kalara and Diglipur have been submitted recently, as per sources.