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Highway Authority Returns Proposal Of ₹3,700cr Shendra-waluj Flyover, ET Infra

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Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: In a major embarrassment for the officials of the Smart City Mission as well as minister of state Bhagwat Karad, the national highway authority has returned the proposal for a flyover between the industrial hubs of Shendra and Waluj.

In March, the Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation Limited (ASCDCL) had submitted the detailed project report (DPR) for a four-lane vehicular flyover from Shendra DMIC to Waluj at a cost of Rs3,737 crore.

In a letter addressed to ASCDCL, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said the proposal is not covered under any approved scheme of NHAI or the road transport and highways ministry. “The stretch is not entrusted to NHAI. The NHAI has already developed a bypass to Aurangabad city,” the NHAI general manager Prashant Pagrut said, adding that the proposal is returned as per direction received from the competent authority.

City MP Imtiaz Jaleel, who produced the NHAI letter in question on Sunday, blamed Karad for the fiasco.

“While the decks had almost been cleared for the flyover, and even Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari was ready to give his consent, Karad clubbed the project with the Metro service. It led to the debacle in terms of the national highway authority returning the proposal,” he said.

Pressing for a continuous flyover in question and opposing the “unwanted” Metro project, Jaleel said the expenses incurred towards preparing the DPR should be recovered from Karad and the then municipal commissioner, who is the ex-officio CEO of ASCDCL.

“Rs 7.5 crore was wasted towards preparing the DPR. Both Karad and the then municipal commissioner should shell out the money from their pocket to cover for the loss,” he said.

MoS Karad could not be reached for his comments.

100-bed hospital at

Shahaganj area soon

City MP Imtiaz Jaleel on Sunday said the formalities have been cleared for setting up a 100-bed government hospital in the Shahaganj area. “The GMCH already runs a small health facility in Shahaganj, and it will be developed further into a six-storey hospital building. The local civic body has provided the additional land nearby for the desired expansion,” he said, adding that the new hospital would come up at the cost of Rs 23 crore.

  • Published On Jul 31, 2023 at 03:13 PM IST

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