"These roads are in bad shape and the state government wanted to repair and four-lane them before the onset of monsoons but this is apparently not going to happen now," said the official.

These state highways are Balrampur-Gonda-Jarwal, Shahjahanpur-Hardoi-Lucknow, Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur, Etah-Shikohabad, Akbarpur-Jaunpur-Mirzapur-Dudhi, Tarighat-Bara road and Aligarh-Mathura.

The state government had taken the study, which showed traffic was high on these roads and congestion rampant.

The projects were on the public-private-partnership (PPP) model. But officials said that after initial interest contractors backtracked due to bottlenecks in land acquisition procedures and in getting no objection certificates (NoCs).

The Chief Minister's office will now give directives on the situation, the official said.

(Agencies)

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