Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

NHAI officials, contractors pledge not to give-and-take bribes

New Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) chairman Raghav Chandra has come up with a novel idea to curb corruption among the officials and contractors of NHAI, with whom bribery of his department is the order of the day.

NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra

NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra

Accordingly, all the contractors and officials of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) publicly swear a pledge on Friday that they would refrain from giving or taking bribes or any “inducement or obligation” from each other with immediate effect.

All contractors tasked with building and maintaining national highways, top NHAI officers and senior executives of infrastructure majors, including GMR, IRB, GVK, Sapoorji Pallonji and Oriental Structural Engineers took the pledge on the occasion of NHAI’s 21st foundation day.

In the pledge, administered by Chandra, all the concerns read out that they will maintain “integrity, ethics and honesty” in their dealings, do everything to uphold the “name, prestige and image” of NHAI and complete projects in time.

This change in approach gains importance considering the large public perception of corruption in implementation of highway projects in the country.

TST

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