Extend: Dharwad’s TenderSURE challenge might lose WB investment | Hubballi Information


Dharwad: The fate of the first TenderSURE road in Dharwad hangs in balance as there’s been a delay in the World Bank-funded project. Since the work hasn’t been completed within the deadline set by the World Bank, it may not fund the project for work after December 29, 2018.

The stretch between Old SP Office Circle and Murugha Mutt via Shivaji Circle had been chosen for road relaying under the TenderSURE (Specifications for Urban Road Extension) following the initiative of Hubballi-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad.

Following traffic congestion on this road which sees the movement of over 2,000 heavy motor vehicles every day, Bellad had decided to get the road relaid as a TenderSURE road. The then PWD minister HC Mahadevappa had laid the foundation stone for the work this January.

The World Bank, which is funding Rs 5,000 crore for various works in the state, had agreed to fund this road project with a rider that work should be completed before December 29, 2018. Due to assembly elections, change of guard at the state and incessant rain in Dharwad delayed work.

However, the local MLA and KSHIP officials sought an extension of deadline by a year. However, sources said World Bank has denied giving a revised deadline and said funds for works to be completed till December 29, 2018 will be given.

On Tuesday, MLA Bellad and Jan Urban Space Foundation project director Swati Ramanathan, who designed the project, inspected the work.

Bellad told mediapersons that going by the pace of the work, this project cannot be completed before December 29, 2018. The World Bank has denied giving any extension and the state government must fund the project.

However, the government and KSHIP officials have given a representation to the Union government, asking the World Bank to fund the project entirely.

This road has a varying width from 11.75m to 22.5m. Under the project, the existing width will be maintained. Hescom too decided to lay its power connections underground and work will commence shortly. It has entered into an MoU with HDMC seeking its assistance in completing laying power lines, he said.

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