Bihar: While Bihar government has been vocal in criticizing the Central government of its approach towards the state, the delay in land acquisition for the East West Corridor crossing through the state has forced the ambitious project to miss its deadline of completion.

The work on the East-West corridor is lagging behind two years and now it is expected to be completed by June 2012.

487 km of the 3443 km long East-West corridor project of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) crosses through Bihar. Till now only 442 km of the project is completed in the state.

According to the sources, the work on East-West corridor project in Bihar is lagging behind due to land acquisition complaints emerging in Madhubani, Araria and Supaul districts of Bihar.

Bihar Chief Secretary Anoop Mukherjee after meeting with the NHAI officials ordered the District Magistrates of the districts to acquire land for the project.

In a related development, while answering to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Jitin Prasada accepted that work on 16 NH projects is lagging behind in Bihar.

Presently, 64 national highway projects are running in Bihar.

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are not the only exceptions to be adversely affected by the emerging land acquisition problem. Construction projects in states like Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Assam and Himachal Pradesh is also badly hit with 32, 26, 19, 30 and 24 projects halted in these states, respectively.

JPN/Bureau