New Delhi: After being derailed by the delay in land acquisition and clearance in environment norms, various road construction projects are now facing roadblocks due to changes in the design and Detailed Project Report (DPR).

About 96 road projects are lagging behind due to the hurdles posed by such changes.

Answering to a question raised in Lok Sabha, Road Transport and Highways Minister Dr CP Joshi accepted that 96 projects worth Rs 30,000 crore are still pending due to design and DPR changes.

At present, 226 road projects are operational in the country, out of which 58 are pending due to the delay in land acquisition. Work has also been affected in other ongoing road projects due to hindrance in acquiring environment clearance and land for the purpose.

According to sources in the Ministry, the faults in design and changes to be made in the DPR have delayed 15 projects in Uttar Pradesh, 7 in Bihar, 4 in West Bengal and 3 in Haryana.

It is to be noted, the changes in design or DPR cannot just be attributed to the consultants but change in course of a river or demands of the locals also play as a hindrance. The flooded Kosi River in 2007 and 2008 in Bihar had lead to changes in design of the Kosi Mahasetu (bridge).

Projects lying pending in Uttar Pradesh include Lucknow-Gorakhpur Byspass, Agra-Shikohabad, Jhansi-Lalitpur, Orai-Jhansi, Sitapur-Lucknow, Garhmukteshwar-Moradabad, Kasya-Gorakhpur,-Ayodhya and Lucknow-Kanpur national highway.

Similarly, projects delayed in Bihar include Forbesganj-Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur-Darbhanga, Kosi-Mahasetu and in its link road have been due to the changes to be made in the design. The work of converting Gurgaon-Jaipur and Panipat-Jalandhar highways into six lanes is also pending due to the same reason.