Now Highway builders to be rated on performance

Now Highway builders to be rated on performance

RM | November 8, 2017


Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has approved this measure and the QCI will soon come out with the parameters, a ministry official said. He added that the idea of giving this task to engage a third party is aimed at ensuring unbiased ratings of the highway builders and developers.

“The rankings will be done primarily taking into account the milestones that developers reach for each work awarded to them. If they miss the targets despite having all the clearances and land availability, then their rankings will be low. The contractors can also update their details, which will be verified and will be reflected in the changed rankings,” said a ministry official.

This is being seen as a better solution than blanket blacklisting or barring highway developers from bidding in new projects. “Debarment is a negative term. Our interest is to complete work and see that companies just don’t keep getting work despite failing to meet construction milestones. Only in cases where slow progress is due to the default of companies, this provision can be used,” said another official, who did not wish to be named.

A few projects awarded under build operate and transfers (BOT) are moving at a snail’s pace and these remain major concerns for NHAI and highways ministry. In the past three years, more projects have been awarded under Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) model where government foots the entire bill and private players have no risk.

Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari has said he will soon hold a meeting with highway developers to push construction.