10 bids received for construction of Kaithlighat-Dhalli bypass : The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Shimla, May 23

Ten bids have been received for the 28.4 km Kaithlighat-Dhalli bypass to be constructed under the Parwanoo-Shimla dual carriageway project. The tender should be awarded within one to two months.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 3,760 crore. While six bids were received for the Kaithlighat-Shakral section (17.46 km), four bids were made for the Shakral-Dhalli section (10.98 km), said Abdul Basit, regional manager of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Offer to be awarded within one to two months

  • The tender is expected to be awarded within a month or two and the estimated cost of the project is Rs 3,760 crore.
  • The new highway will bypass Shimla and reduce the distance between Kaithlighat and Dhalli from 40.1 km to 28.4 km.
  • Five tunnels, including two twin-tube tunnels, and 27 bridges will be built on the section.

The bidding process was extended six times. The NHAI attributed the delay to administrative and technical reasons, in addition to deforestation and land acquisition. He said the dates had been extended before the last date, as new standards were introduced.

Now experience of tunnels has become mandatory keeping in mind that tunnels will be built under Shimla city which has old and heritage buildings and real-time monitoring of buildings will be done.

The new highway will bypass Shimla and reduce the distance between Kaithlighat and Dhalli from 40.1 km to 28.4 km. Five tunnels, including two twin-tube tunnels, and 27 bridges will be built on the section.

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