Go-going for Naini cable-stayed project
By A Business Correspondent
If the current work progress on the Cable-Stayed Naini Bridge is any indication, the project is likely to be completed by September 2003, the stipulated deadline. Sinking of well foundations is nearing completion, all piles have been installed and work on the superstructure is in on. Embankment and cross drainage works are also underway.
Though bids for the project were invited in 1998, its foundation stone was laid only in June 2001. JBIC, the main lending agency for the project, had objected to against the awarding of the contract and nearly one-and-a-half years were wasted in the tendering process. After much controversy the project was finally awarded to Hyundai-HCC JV.
The project envisages the construction 1,510 mtrs long bridge including a cable-stayed length of 630 metre across River Yamuna to connect Allahabad and Naini. The scheme also includes construction of 3.913 km approach road along new alignment of NH-27 and an underpass at crossing of the railway line. The total project cost estimated to be Rs 294.7 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had granted administrative approval for the project way back in 1993.