CRZ clearance accorded for bridge over Middle Strait: MP

Port Blair
31 Aug 2018

Apart from other issues relating to development of these islands, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands raised the issue relating to CRZ clearance for Middle strait bridge during the IDA meeting held recently under the chairmanship of Prime Minister.  Upon continuous and vigorous persuasion of Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Member  of Parliament, A&N Islands with the MoEF&CC, GoI, New Delhi as well as MoRTH, the GoI through Ministry of EF&CC has accorded CRZ clearance for construction of bridge over creek between Middle Strait to Baratang through a Gazette notification vide No.3840 (E) dated 03.08.2018. The work award for construction of bridge was already been awarded by NHIDCL as sanctioned by Mr Nitin Gadkari, MoRTH, GoI, New Delhi to M/s Vasistha Mantena NH JV on 18.12.2017 for an amount of Rs.170 Cr. (length of 1.930 kms) but due to requirement CRZ clearance, the work did not started. NHIDCL is expected to issue Appointed Date to the contractor company shortly who will then start the work after complying requisite formalities, a release from the MP’s office said.