CRZ clearance for Middle strait bridge accorded: MP

Port Blair, Sept 02: Apart from other issues relating to development of A&N Islands, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands Admiral D.K Joshi, has raised the issue relating to CRZ clearance for Middle strait bridge, in the IDA meeting held on 30.06.2018 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister.
Accordingly, thereafter upon the continuous and vigorous persuasion of the Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands with the MoEF & CC, GoI, New Delhi as well as MoRTH, the GoI through Ministry of EF&CC has now accorded CRZ clearance for construction of bridge over creek between Middle strait to Baratang through a Gazettee notification vide No.3840 (E) dated 03.08.2018.
The work award for construction of above said bridge was already awarded by the NHIDCL as sanctioned by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, MoRTH, GoI, New Delhi to M/s Vasistha Mantena NH JV on 18.12.2017 for an amount of Rs.170 Cr. (length of 1.930 kms) but due to requirement CRZ clearance, the work did not started.
The NHIDCL is expected to issue “Appointed Date” to the contractor company shortly who will start the work after complying the requisite formalities.

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