PANAJI: PWD minister Ramkrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar on Tuesday said the government has issued tenders for appointment of consultants for two bridges- a parallel Zuari bridge and a bridge over River Khandepar. The consultants will prepare detailed project reports (DPR) for the two bridges after which tenders would be invited for the construction of the bridges, he said.
The go-ahead came when Dhavalikar called on the Union minister for road transport and highways Oscar Fernandes recently. Extending his support, Fernandes had asked for preparation of DPRs when Dhavalikar had met him in New Delhi recently. Dhavalikar said that the DPRs will take at least three months to prepare and that they will provide the estimated costs and the kind of technology to be used.
He said once the tenders are awarded, the government expects the Zuari bridge to be constructed over NH 17 within three-and-a-half years and Khandepar over NH 4-A in a two-year period.
Dhavalikar said that he would take up the issue of Talpona-Galgibaga later with the Union minister. The parallel bridge over Zuari river is the top priority followed by the Khandepar bridge, he added.
For more than a decade, the government has been trying to pursue for a parallel Zuari bridge considering that it had faced some minor problems in the past. Some years ago, it was to be a part of the four/six laning of NH 17 which was a project of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). But with protests over land acquisition and demolition of houses, the project was abandoned. The BJP government has tried to get permission from the Centre to go ahead with the bridge which is pending since November 2012.