New Delhi, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

HCC Concessions Ltd, an infrastructure development arm of the HCC Group, today commenced commercial operations of its Rs 1,169 crore Baharampore Farakka Highway.

This is the first leg of the largest PPP highway project in West Bengal and part of National Highway-34 (NH-34).

The Baharampore Farakka Highway is a 101-km stretch with a 25-year concession period.

The four laning of this highway has involved 4 Major Bridges, 12 Minor Bridges, 4 Rail-over-Bridges, 3 Grade Separators, 9 Passenger Underpasses, 2 Toll Plazas and 137 cross-drainages.

"The development of this critical piece of road infrastructure will have a multiplier effect on economic activity in West Bengal, which is the seventh most populated sub-national entity in the world with 90 million people," HCC Concessions Director Arjun Dhawan said in a release.

Besides easing congestion and greatly enhancing safety, the widening of NH-34 will facilitate greater connectivity between Kolkata and the country's interior, especially the land-locked Seven Sisters in the North East.

HCC Concessions was awarded the contract to develop three contiguous sections of over 250 km length between Baharampore to Dalkhola on NH-34 in West Bengal on a DBFOT basis in 2010, involving a total investment of over Rs 3,200 crore.

The Rs 1,378 crore second leg of 102 km between Farakka and Raiganj is also nearing completion and is expected to begin its toll operations later this year.

NH-34 is the major North-South transportation artery of West Bengal which originates at Kolkata and ends at Dalkhola, covering a total distance of 444 km.

It is the backbone of the transport system in the region and provides access to the ports of Kolkata and Haldia for the north eastern states of India and neighbouring Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)