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Uttar Pradesh takes PPP route to build highways

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Two projects of Rs 2,000-cr investment in private hands.

The public-private partnership (PPP) model in state highways (SH) sector has taken off in Uttar Pradesh with the government handing over two projects in western UP totalling Rs 2,072 crore to private partners.

The two SHs include Delhi-Saharanpur-Yamunotri Road (SH 57) and Bareilly-Almora-Bagheshwar Road (SH-37). The developers selected for these projects are SEW-Prasad Consortium, Hyderabad and Ltd, Agra respectively.

On March 28, the state cabinet had cleared the proposal of adopting the PPP model for upgradation and maintenance of SH. It was expected to cover about 20 SHs and span 2,300 km across various districts. Thereafter, the state government had started the bidding process for all these projects, entailing investment of almost Rs 12,000 crore.

Delhi-Saharanpur-Yamunotri Road, which is 206 km long, runs between Loni Border in Ghaziabad to Uttarakhand border after traversing Baghpat, Shamli and Saharanpur. A total of Rs 1,718 crore would be spent on this SH, including construction of a bypass, five railway over-bridge and a flyover.

Bareilly-Almora-Bagheshwar Road is 54 km long and reaches Uttarakhand border from Bareilly. It would entail an investment of Rs 354 crore. It would also include construction of a flyover.

Meanwhile, the bidding process in 17 other such SH projects is underway and is in various stages. The selected companies are expected to complete the project in about 12 months, while they shall be allowed to collect toll charges.

“The government would maintain these highways on ‘continuous basis’ out of its own funds, however, if there is any shortfall in the budget, the Centre would be urged to provide 20 per cent of the viability gap funding,” Cabinet Secretary said earlier.

These SH projects comprise construction of bypass, foot over-bridge, service lanes and elevated corridor.

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