Faridabad: The Eastern Expressway project is yet to see light of the day as it has not obtained clearance from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The NHAI has neither finalized the name of a single company to allocate the tender of the 135 km long Eastern Expressway on Sonipat-Faridabad route nor has it allowed other companies to place financial bid for the project.

25 companies had applied for project tender out of which 24 were selected by the NHAI owing to their technical expertise.

Taking various financial issues into consideration, the NHAI has to finalise one name out of the 24 companies within the stipulated time period of 45 days. Even though the set deadline has expired, the NHAI is yet to take a decision in this regard. 

According to sources, as many companies had filed the application it was taking a long time span for NHAI to arrive on a decision. Sources has claimed that the fate of the projects hangs in a balance, as senior authorities are yet to provide their consent to the NHAI for the project.

Under the ambitious Eastern Expressway project worth Rs 2,699 crore, a direct road connecting Sonipat, Faridabad, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar would be constructed.

In addition to the Eastern Expressway, plans are afoot for developing educational, medical and entertainment hubs on this important route.

(JPN/Bureau)