New Delhi: Financing and lack of good manpower are major challenges in attracting private players for highways project in the northeast region, a senior NHAI official has said.
"In the public-private partnership (PPP) projects getting financing for the North-eastern region is difficult," the official said.
"Challenges in the North-east are mainly lack of good manpower with the contractors and concessionaire. Therefore they should look for manpower within the region instead of employing from other states," the official said.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is of the view that the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode for awarding projects in the region is a better model as compared to PPP.
"The modified EPC mode would be helpful in this region because unlike PPP it does not require private financing, government will be funding these projects," the official said.
On asked about the delays in project implementation in the North-east region, he said, "The Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) were not up to the mark, therefore the delay...We would request the companies to submit good DPRs as it would save a lot of time."
The density of traffic in the seven sisters (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland) is very low as compared to other parts of the country.
"On a normal highway the traffic is 30,000-40,000 passenger cars per day but in the North-east it is 15,000-20,000. But we are still doing four-laning of the highways because the region requires that kind of infrastructure," the official said.
There are close to 9,000 km of highways in the north-eastern region, which have been developed by NHAI.