AHMEDABAD: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has approached the Gujarat high court with a peculiar problem. It has sought directions against its own officer, whose alleged “inaction” has become a hurdle in throwing open a 426km stretch of the eight-lane Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
This stretch of the 1,353km expressway passes through Gujarat.
The NHAI’s counsel, Maulik Nanavati, submitted before the court that the ambitious project up to Vadodara is complete except for a tiny 1.15km stretch, where the road is yet to be laid. The construction has been delayed as the land acquisition officer has not taken possession of the land and handed it to the NHAI, even though the acquisition process is complete and uncontested.
The NHAI submitted that its acquisition officer, who is a competent authority, is the deputy collector posted in the Panchmahals district. The stretch passes through the villages of Daruniya, Govindi and Kankuthabhala in Godhra taluka.