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NHAI hopes to find bidder in retender for Ganesa roundabout - BHEL

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TRICHY: The work on the proposed six-lane elevated stretch of the Trichy-Thanjavur NH 83 near the Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (Bhel) is yet to begin as the National Highways Authority of India has failed to find a contractor in its first tender. The NHAI, which could not find a qualified contractor in the tender, is hopeful of finding a qualified bidder in the retender held recently.

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Bottlenecks and accidents are recurring issues on the stretch since around 10,000 people including the family members of Bhel employees crisscross the Bhel township and the PSU located on the north and south ends of the NH. As NH83 is a vital link to Bhel and NIT Trichy, NHAI proposed a plan to install a six-lane flyover bypassing the PSU in December 2018. A tender for the proposal was floated by NHAI Madurai regional office in February 2019. However, it could not find a qualified bidder to plan and implement the project forcing them to float a retender in March 2019. “Bids for the retender we floated are yet to be opened as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in force. We are hopeful of finding a qualified contractor to initiate the project,” an official with NHAI said.

The proposed flyover, planned at an estimated cost of Rs 49.50 crore, will connect Thiruverumbur and Thuvakudi bypassing the PSU as well as the accident-prone Ganesa roundabout. The facility may even have a junction atop connecting the township and factories of Bhel. Official sources said that the elevated highway may take off from near the Boiler plant police station on Thanjavur end and would land near the Thiruverumbur taluk office in Trichy end. As the Bhel management has agreed to spare its land for the project, NHAI sources said that land acquisition will no way delay the progress of the project.

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