After a long wait, work on ring road is likely to start next week. National highway Authority has issued letter of interest to Haryana’s Gawar Company.The company has received ‘clean chit’ from the ministry of external affairs over a Chinese company’s share in it. Gawar’s engineers have been searching for site for their office following which they will set up a temporary colony for themselves and other employees.The work is expected to begin this week. However, the government may not get the political mileage it was hoping for as the work will complete after the assembly electons. The firm has been given 18 months to finish off the work although NHAI has claimed that it will be done in just a year. First, the JDA delayed termination of the old contract that was followed by China connection of ‘Gawar’ company. The matter was referred to foreign ministry, which gave go ahead on December 1.The four lane 47 km long ring road will cost Rs 1,190 crore including first phase of Rs 960 crore and second phase of Rs 230 crore.The timelineAgreement between JDA and NHAI took place on August 11, following which companies were shortlisted. Gawar company was shortlisted in November and JDA terminated contract with old firm on Nov 4. The matter got stuck due to Gawar’s China connection on Nov 15. Rs 197 crore were released to banks on Nov 29. NHAI finally issued LoI on December 1.
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Ring road work likely to take off next week