PANAJI: The work on grade separator near the Dabolim airport has been suspended as the approach road is running above the naphtha gas pipeline.
The much needed grade separator at the airport ran into a hurdle after the approach road to the bridge was found to be constructed over the naphtha gas pipeline. The other issue that has come in the way of the bridge is the close proximity of the railway tracks to the piers and the approach roads.
Managing director of M Venkata Rao Infra Projects Private Ltd, Prasad Rao confirmed that “the work has been suspended due to the problem occurring out of the approach road design.”
Rao said that work is expected to resume in the next month and would be completed by next year.
“The GSIDC is already redesigning the approach roads and we will resume the work in May and it will take about a year to complete the project,”he added.
However, the managing director of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (GSIDC), which is the executing agency for the project, said that the work has been moving at a slow pace and would pick up pace soon “as all the parameters have been met.”
“We have completed the process of meeting the parameters for the naphtha pipeline as well as the setback for the railways,” he added.
The work on the grade separator had begun in 2014 with the ex-chief minister and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar laying the foundation stone in February 2014. The work was estimated to cost Rs 41.80 crore.