PANAJI: The bid of Rs 364 crore has been accepted by the state government for constructing the six-lane elevated highway at Porvorim in two years. The successful bidder is Rajendra Singh Bhamboo Infra Private Limited, PWD minister Nilesh Cabral said on Thursday. The company is based in Rajasthan.
Cabral told TOI, “The successful bidder quoted 30% less than the limit set in the tender.”
The tender, which was floated in June, said the work will be worth Rs 474.6 crore and must be completed in two years. The PWD has cleared most of the encroachments along NH-66 for the project.
Cabral said that the difference between lowest and highest bids is Rs 171 crore. Sixteen companies had qualified for financial bids for the project.
“Once the selected company makes the security deposit and completes other formalities, the work order will be issued,” the minister said.
The project is being funded by the Centre, which has sanctioned Rs 641.4 crore for the main construction and the approaches.
The construction may create a traffic nightmare at Porvorim, but officials of various government departments are trying to determine an alternative route to avoid congestion.
The elevated road is expected to be 5.2km long, and the approaches will start at Sangolda junction at one end and Neo-Majestic hotel at the other.
In the highway improvement work taken up in Goa from Patradevi to Bambolim, the Porvorim stretch is yet to be widened. A case over land acquisition for the six-lane highway on stilts at Porvorim was pending before the Supreme Court, due to which expansion on this stretch could not take place, leading to traffic bottlenecks. Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry had discussed the constricted passage with Cabral while highlighting the concerns of the logistics sector.
The elevated highway project is expected to resolve the traffic blockage along this section of the NH-66 leading to Panaji and improve access to the Mopa airport.
The elevated corridor is part of the highway four/six-laning work being carried out on the Karaswada-Bambolim stretch. Once complete, the project will allow vehicles to drive at 80-100kmph as against the current 40-60kmph.