• National highway authority of India invites request for proposal

    The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has invited request for proposal (RFP) to widen the Thalassery-Mahe bypass under engineering, procurement and contract (EPC) basis.The new road is expected to provide better connectivity in the Kannur-Kozhikode stretch.
    The NHAI has invited RFP for widening the 17.6km stretch to 45 metres. The work has to be completed in 2.5 years. The project has a 4-year maintenance contract.
    Under EPC mode, the contractor will be paid Rs 813.66 crore as lump sum grant. The NHAI will collect this money through toll booths once the work is completed. Prospective bidders have been given time till January 15 to submit proposals.
    The Thalassery-Mahe bypass connecting Azhiyoor and Muzhappilangadu has been a long pending demand of the local residents. The land acquisition for the project began almost 35 years ago. The new stretch could bring better connectivity and is expected to solve traffic issues in Mahe and Thalassery .
    The land acquisition was completed in Kodiyeri. Distribution of compensation for the acquired land is progressing at Chokli and Azhiyoor. However, land acquisition in a small stretch in Mahe is stuck after differences with regard to compensation.
    NHAI can proceed with work once 60% of land is acquired. Rod Gilbert Jersey

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