Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari slammed the non-performing officials at the national highways authority of India (NHAI) for delaying projects during the virtual inauguration of the authority’s new headquarters. Expressing his surprise over the fact that the completion of the building took 9 years, Gadkari sarcastically said that photographs of officials responsible for the delay should be displayed inside the building so that people get to know the great personalities who took nine years for completion of the building.
The union minister did not mince his words during the video conference and said it was a shame that the project which was finalized in 2008 and awarded tender in 2011 took this much time in completion. He said that the two governments and eight chairmen had passed through the organization when the construction work was on. He said that the current chairman and members are not related to the project, but pictures of those who worked on the project from 2011-2020 should be put up in the building so that people know who delayed the decisions.
Gadkari said that the authority needed urgent reforms and it was high time action is taken against the non-performing officials. He said that NHAI claims Delhi-Mumbai expressway project worth 80,000 to 1 lakh crore will be completed within two-three years when a 250 crore project took so much time in completion. Taking a dig at NHAI’s culture, the union minister said many officials in the organization are indecisive despite being associated with it for 10-12 years.
In other news, Gadkari has announced work on the Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway would begin soon. He met Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami and suggested that the flyover be designed as a double-decker by bringing in international consultants in place of four lanes as planned earlier.