Gurugram: Crimson tape holds up Atmosphere Mall underpass | Gurgaon Information


GURUGRAM: Work on the Atmosphere Mall underpass has hit one more bureaucratic hurdle. The shifting of stormwater drains falling within the alignment of the underpass is now caught as NHAI and GMDA differ on the charges primarily based on which estimates for the transfer have been ready.
The drains lie beneath NH-8 and fall in the midst of the world the place the primary carriageway for the underpass is to be constructed. The challenge has come to a standstill as a result of the estimate of the associated fee for the shifting of the drains ready by NHAI is greater than that ready by GMDA, and neither is keen to just accept the opposite’s estimate.
After a number of months of delays in fixing the possession of the drain, GMDA had ready an estimate of round Rs 1.2 crore. The estimate ready by NHAI, nonetheless, is round Rs 1.9 crore.
NHAI officers stated the highways authority follows the Centre’s rule of devising estimates, that are primarily based on the Delhi Schedule Charges (DSR). The estimates ready by GMDA, however, are primarily based on the Haryana State Schedule Charges (HSSR). The anomaly within the charges not simply outcomes into a big hole in total shifting price — round Rs 70 lakh — but in addition the executive strategy of getting the work finished. The NHAI contractor has refused to work on GMDA’s estimate, as they’ll incur losses as a result of distinction within the estimates.
“This anomaly is a serious problem. We’ve written letters earlier this month asking GMDA to go forward with their charges and get the drain shifted. They’ll elevate a requirement word and cash will later be adjusted, however they’re silent on that suggestion too,” an NHAI official instructed TOI.
GMDA, on its half, stated shifting needs to be carried out by NHAI and its contractor. “We work on the principles prescribed by the state authorities and have to stay to the principles. We aren’t liable for finishing up the shifting work,” stated a GMDA official.
In the meantime, the challenge contractor stated work on the Atmosphere mall facet is nearing completion, whereas that on the Delhi-Jaipur facet has had many interruptions. “We’ve left about 5m-10m of space for the drains to be shifted, and the work is being carried out round it. If GMDA doesn’t take swift motion, we’ll go forward with the carriageway work, leaving some land on the facet for the drain work,” an official from RK Contractor stated.
The switch of some land owned by Hindustan Pesticides Ltd close to the underpass website and shifting of RCC pipelines close to Atmosphere Mall had earlier delayed the challenge by a number of months. In December, NHAI and GMDA had a gathering to plot a holistic answer to the problems. In the course of the assembly, it was determined that NHAI’s contractor would shift the drains beneath the supervision of GMDA. The strains had been to be shifted by January.


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