Govt, NHAI take steps to ensure high-quality roads amid rising competition to win projects

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) are working to ensure that the rising competition in the roads sector does not lead to any compromise in the quality standards of roads or delay in projects.

While the NHAI has already created a separate list to monitor road projects allotted to private bidders who have quoted bids around 20-30 percent lower than NHAI’s base prices, it may also ask private players to provide routine documents including bank guarantees to ensure that road projects do not default once they are awarded, a company official told Moneycontrol.

The NHAI is also looking to create independent teams from its headquarters to carry out frequent quality checks of works at sites for projects which private players have bagged.

The regulator will also put in place a system for random quality checks, once in every 2-3 months, during the construction period, the official said.

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