The chief secretary is in talks with HCC to restart work on the Parama island-Park Circus crossing flyover soon, urban development minister Firhad Hakim said on Monday.
“The chief secretary (Sanjay Mitra), who heads a high-powered committee on the project, is holding talks with HCC so work can resume as soon as possible. Work cannot resume before Puja. It will hopefully begin soon after Puja,” Hakim said at Writer’s Buildings on Monday.
Work got stalled in May after HCC, a private firm hired for building the flyover, submitted a cost escalation bill to the CMDA, which is executing the project. The company wanted the project cost to be raised as the CMDA had failed to hand it the construction site by the deadline.
The original project cost was Rs 317.92 crore and work worth Rs 200 crore has been completed. Sources said HCC had asked for Rs 226 crore in compensation for cost escalation. The government has hired Rites, a railway subsidiary, to evaluate the actual escalation.
Work for building the 8.14km-long flyover — which will be the city’s longest once completed — started in February 2010. The initial deadline of August 2012 has been deferred to December 2013, but that, too, will be missed.
“The Parama flyover is taking some time. We have failed to meet the deadline. There has been a major cost escalation as well. We hope to finish work next year,” Hakim said.
An arm of the flyover will merge with the AJC Bose Road flyover and another will descend on the Park Circus crossing. On its eastern end, one arm will merge with the Bypass near Silver Spring and another close to the Ambedkar bridge.