New Delhi: The government on Thursday said 95 projects implemented by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have been delayed due to land acquisition and law and order problems in various states.
   
"Ninety five projects implemented by NHAI and 126 projects by various state Public Works Departments (PWDs) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) have been delayed," Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
   
"The delays have occurred due to various reasons such as delay in land acquisition, shifting of utilities, obtaining environment, forest clearances and railway approvals, poor performance of contractors and law & order problems in the states," Prasada said.
   
"These projects are at various stages of implementation and hence, actual time and cost over-run can be ascertained only after completion of the projects," he said.
    
The government has taken various steps to mitigate delays, which include setting up regional offices by NHAI, setting up of special land acquisition units, he said.
   
It is also setting up high-powered committees to resolve the bottlenecks relating to shifting of utilities, land acquisition issues, etc.
   
The delayed projects are closely monitored and periodically reviewed, he added.

(Agencies)