National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will soon introduce to system to grade concessionaires based on their performance in previous bids, on parameters such as safety, accident frequency in between road and toll plaza and several other maintenance parameters.
Sources were stated, appropriate amendments in the bidding procedure and bidding documents will be done, and will one of single qualification criteria to award new projects to bidders, Financial Express reported.
Poor performance below NHAI’s gradings will lead to concessionaires barred from bidding to new projects, and audit of their performance is every six months.
The audit report will also be shared with concessionaries, giving them input on their performance, and allowing them to improve their service, and better service to road users.
“We are at an advanced stage of introducing the system of ranking concessioners based on their performance on various parameters. This will be applicable for all concessionaires irrespective of the mode it is being awarded,” said S S Sandhu, chairman, NHAI.
“Our top priority is to ensure the delivery of high-quality national highways. Any lapses in the matter shall not be tolerated. At the same time, good work shall be appreciated by all means,” Sandhu said.
This rating system will not only provide better road service to paid users, but enhanance accountability of developers, help NHAI’s endeavour to improve overall quality of construction and maintenance of road infrastructure across country.