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Still a work in progress: how the NHAI is leaving behind the grungy lanes of fund crunch and project delays

After a roller-coaster ride in the last decade, the National Highways Authority of India has reinvented itself over the past four years by raising funds independently and addressing the construction industry’s woes.
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15 Jan 2019 8 Mins Read 0 comment
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway wears an abandoned look during peak winter, 2017. Getty Images
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway wears an abandoned look during peak winter, 2017.
In 2006, when the infrastructure boom was at its peak, the Haryana Urban Development Authority rolled out a plan to construct an eight-lane, 18.5km long Northern Peripheral Road, widely known as the Dwarka Expressway. But even before the project could take shape, real-estate companies rushed in to build residences on either side of the proposed road, expecting a windfall.
drives and the introduction of HAM, which was nothing short of a lifeline for the distraught Indian construction industry, it will be fair to say that the NHAI has fixed some of its earlier mistakes. But wider autonomy, faster dispute resolution, and stronger internal processes are needed to smoothen out the rough edges. ( Graphics by Ankita Mehrotra)
In 2006, when the infrastructure boom was at its peak, the Haryana Urban Development Authority rolled out a plan to construct an eight-lane, 18.5km long Northern Peripheral Road, widely known as the Dwarka Expressway. But even before the project could take shape, real-estate companies rushed in to build residences on either side of the proposed road, expecting a windfall. drives and the introduction of HAM, which was nothing short of a lifeline for the distraught Indian construction industry, it will be fair to say that the NHAI has fixed some of its earlier mistakes. But wider autonomy, faster dispute resolution, and stronger internal processes are needed to smoothen out the rough edges. ( Graphics by Ankita Mehrotra)

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