The concessionaire engaged for the widening and strengthening of National Highway-248A here has been debarred from participating in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) bids for two years.
The action comes two weeks after a portion of an under-construction elevated corridor on the highway collapsed, injuring two people.
“Further to the collapse of a span of under-construction elevated corridor on six-laning of NH-248-A from Rajiv Chowk to Sohna on August 22, the NHAI has taken strict action against the concessionaire i.e. M/s Rajiv Chowk – Sohna Highway Pvt. Ltd. and its promoters i.e. M/s Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd…the concessionaire has been debarred from participating in any NHAI bids [directly or in association] involving major structural works until they demonstrate reliable construction methodologies/designs and adequate safety measures at site; and demonstrate that such type of accidents do not occur in other parts of their works,” said a statement by the NHAI.
It also said the concessionaire was issued a show-cause notice to explain on the violation of the obligations under the concession agreement, but the explanation was found to be unsatisfactory.