New Delhi: The delay in land acquisition is proving a major factor responsible for creating hindrances in the road projects. Out of the 226 projects of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), 56 projects have delayed due to non-acquisition of land.

During the question hour of the Rajya Sabha, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, C P Joshi said, "Land acquisition is one of the factors contributing to delay in implementation of some projects under NHAI."

On a question posed by NCP MP Supriya Sule, Joshi informed the House that forest clearance, poor performance of contractors and utility shifting are few of the issues causing hindrances for the NHAI projects.

Joshi said protection of wildlife during acquisition of land should be ensured while the responsibility of forest clearance lies with the state governments.

During the question hour, it was also alleged that owing to the differences between the NHAI and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the road projects are getting affected.

However, Joshi refuted to all such charges. He said that under Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), the decision of construction of roads is taken by the Cabinet. Following which, the NHAI for the first time is going to get Rs 7,000 crore as premium amount that will be carried forward for 20 years.

Apprising the House about the road projects, Joshi said, by the end of this year, 7,300km of road construction would be completed.

JPN/ Bureau