NEW DELHI, Aug 8 � In yet another instance of delay in execution of project, the second bridge over Brahmaputra river at Saraighat is likely to miss its deadline and the project is now targeted for completion by December 2012.
Admitting that the project has suffered delays, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada in a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Ramen Deka blamed setback in shifting of pipeline of Oil India Limited (OIL) for the initial delay.
Thereafter, there was modification in design and change in scope of work of signal-free traffic interchange at Jalukbari, which involve additional acquisition of land and this resulted in slow progress of work, the Minister added. �
The project started in October 2006 with the scheduled date of completion in April, 2010. The total length of the project is four km with a 1.5 km long bridge.
Utility, shifting and acquisition of additional land were accomplished in June after continuous persuasion with the State Government, Prasada said.
Meanwhile, in a separate reply to a question by Badruddin Ajmal, the Minister said that the Government of Assam has urged the Union Government for enhanced allocation under plan, non-plan heads and expeditious completion of East-West Corridor project.
In reply to another question, Prasada said that work of Lakhimpur bypass has been sanctioned for Rs 127.24 crore and tentative target for completion of this project is March 2014.