NHIDCL puts NH-4, bridge projects on fast lane

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
17 Dec 2017

Following the intervention of the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, who recently constituted a committee to oversee repair and maintenance of Andaman Trunk Road and widening of the national highway as per set time-lines, National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has fast-tracked execution of all infrastructure development projects sanctioned for this remote territory by the Union Government. In bid to ensure public participation for better execution of the crucial road projects, NHIDCL after the recent review meeting, has shared contact details of executing agencies with Pradhans, Panchayat Samity members and Zilla Parishad members for better repairs and widening of the National Highway stretches in South Andaman region. Accordingly, all concerned can contact Santosh (+91 70639 97258) of M/s Baba Projects for the Chidityatapu to Beodnabad stretch (0-12km), for Jodacanal to Lal Pahar (21-28km) stretch and for Ferrargunj to Middle strait Jetty (45-107km) stretches, while for For Beodnabad to Jodacanal (12-21 km) and Lal Pahar to Ferrargunj (28-45km) stretches, one can contact Prabaharan (094342 89878) of M/s DRA Infracon Pvt Ltd to register complaints, if any, regarding execution of the projects.
Sharing the latest status report of all infrastructure projects in these islands with EOI, an official of NHIDCL informed that test piling on A2 (Uttara Jetty) for the major bridge over Humfreystrait between 129 km to 130 km on National Highway-4 in Middle Andaman has been completed, while works are in progress for test piling on the A1 side (Gandhi Ghat Jetty). Further preparation of temporary bridge in sea is in progress and site office setup has been completed. For the bridge over Middle Strait between 106 km to 107 km, NHIDCL also already applied for Stage -2 clearance to the Divisional Forest Officer of Baratang for further processing. Further, financial bids for consultancy services for preparation of Detailed Project Report for the proposed 2-lane bridge between Chatham and Bambooflat with 400M Navigational span in South Andaman was opened recently and M/s SN Bhobe Associates Pvt. Ltd was found the lowest bidder, the official informed. 
“NHIDCL has also awarded the project for consultancy services for Feasibility Study, Preparation of Detailed Project Report and providing pre-construction services for upgradation of new National Highways in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to M/s SM Consultants. Team has been established from Rangat to Mayabunder and patchwork for routine maintenance of roads from Rangat to Diglipur from 220 km to 330 km is in progress. After carrying out the works, the road is presently in good condition. Further one team from Mayabunder to Diglipur has been established and patwork is currently in progress. Proposal for appointed date has been sent to the Head Office for approval for rehabilitation and up-gradation of section 242 km to 298 km to 2-lane, while tree cutting permission is pending approval with the Forest Department. Concrete patch from Ferrargunj to Jirkatang is in progress for routine maintenance of Chidiyatapu to Middle Strait from 1 km to 107 km of NH-4 and 80 percent of the work has been complete. Moreover, overlaying of chronical patches has been completed between 21 km to 28 km and bitumen patchwork to fix major pot-holes between 21 km to 28 km of NH-4 has been completed,” the official said.
NHIDCL has also floated tenders for rehabilitation and up-gradation of NH-4 to 2-lane between 107 km to 129 km (after Middle Strait to Humfrey Strait), 130 km to 138 km (End of Jarawa reserve to Rangat) and 155 km to 181 km (end of Jarawa reserve to Rangat) with hard shoulder and rehabilitation and up-gradation of Jarawa area from 59.40 km to 10.7 km and 138 km to 155 km with due date fixed on 28-12-2017. Similarly, routine maintenance of 107 km to 220 km between Middle Strait to Rangat is in progress for which two teams with 25 labourers, 2 rollers, 1 payloaded and 1 asphalt mixer has been established at Baratang. Major pot-holes on the stretch have been repaired by BM and Pre-Mix patch, while treatment of settlement zone is in progress. One team has also been established for the stretch between Kadamtala and Rangat and patchwork is presently in progress, the official added.