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Highway developers would now be rated by the Quality Control India (QCI) based on their performance. Their ratings, which will be dynamic, will be put in public domain.
The idea of giving this task to engage a third party is aimed at ensuring unbiased ratings of the highway builders and developers.
The rankings will be done primarily taking into account the milestones that developers reach for each work awarded to them. If they miss the targets despite having all the clearances and land availability, then their rankings will be low. The contractors can also update their details, which will be verified and will be reflected in the changed rankings.
These rankings will also set the ground for restricting National Highways Authority of India or any other central government agency under the ministry to award any fresh work until the companies improve their performance and achieve milestones.
This is being seen as a better solution than blanket blacklisting or barring highway developers from bidding in new projects.
A few projects awarded under build operate and transfer (BOT) are moving at a snail’s pace and these remain major concerns for NHAI and highways ministry. In the past three years, more projects have been awarded under Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) model where government foots the entire bill and private players have no risk.