A fine of Rs. 14 crore has been slapped on the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) by the Ghaziabad district administration (GDA) for damaging roads during construction of stretches from Dasna to Hapur (NH-9) and Dasna to Meerut of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME).
The NHAI has been given 15 days to deposit the amount with Public Work Department (PWD) failing which a recovery certificate will be issued against it. District Magistrate Ajay Shankar had said that if no action is taken by the the NHAI even after the ultimatum, an arrest warrant would be issued against concerned officials.
Movement of dumpers and heavy machinery during the construction of the stretches damaged 53 rural roads including the 11.35 km road along Ganga canal between Masuri and Muradnagar.
After conducting a survey of the roads, the PWD gave an estimate of Rs. 14 crore cost for the repair of the roads. PWD officials had informed the the GDA that these roads were the main transit points for the villagers living nearby. They are infuriated by the damage to their means of communication.
During a survey on the expressway, a regional officer of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) had noticed loose soil kept in open at many spots on DME resulting in dust pollution. Following this, the state board asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to impose a fine of Rs. 90 lakh on the NHAI for violating the environmental norms.