National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)


Oct 29, 2004
Drop names of my officers from FIR: NHAI chief to Uttarakhand

Days after Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari asked Uttarakhand Chief Minster Trivendra Singh Rawat to reconsider the demand for a CBI probe into an alleged scam in farmland acquisition for widening of National Highway 74, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman Y S Malik has asked state Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy to “remove” the names of NHAI officials from an FIR on compensation paid for the acquired land. In a letter to the Uttarakhand government on May 26, Malik wrote that “dragging NHAI officers in such incidents is bound to be counter-productive” and the Authority might find it “extremely difficult to post and retain officers” in the state.
“It would be very difficult to expect NHAI officers to deliver of NH projects in Uttarakhand where the work has come to a complete standstill,” he stated. On April 5, Gadkari, in his letter to the newly elected Chief Minister, stated that a CBI probe into the alleged scam “would have an adverse impact on the morale of the officers” and the Ministry “would have to re-examine the usefulness for taking up more projects in the state”. Apart from some revenue officials of Udham Singh Nagar district — seven face suspension — NHAI officials too have been named in the FIR for their alleged involvement in disbursement of compensation money. It is alleged that the compensation was increased up to 10 times while acquiring land for the highway project.
In other words... Stop investigating NHAI officers or there would be no work done?