The construction of at least 53-km stretch of the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway has been facing a deadlock due to a small structure located on the land meant for the highs-speed link.
According to the concessionaire, KMP Expressway Ltd, the structure is a religious structure and the responsibility to clear the land lies with the Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC). But the HSIIDC puts the blame on the concessionaire.
It was their responsibility to make the land encumbrance-free and carry the work unhindered, the HSIIDC said.
Due to the encumbrance on a small portion of land near Nuh (Mewat), about 300 metres of the road is directly affected. Keeping in mind the curve of the road and other alignment issues, the structure is indirectly affecting the construction of about 1-km stretch of the project.
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the Leaderspeak@HT Conclave, held on February 8 in Gurgaon, said that the KMP Expressway would be completed either by the end of this year or early next year. This stretch was supposed to become operational from December 31, 2012 but it did not happen, thanks to the blame game between the two agencies.
"This is an old dwelling, which has religious sentiments. It is located in the toe of the embankment and we have been expecting the HSIIDC to remove the dwelling," a spokesperson of KMP Expressway Ltd said.
"The toe falls on the main carriageway, this directly affects construction work on the expressway," said the KMP spokesperson.
But the HSIIDC said that the encumbrance does not fall under the alignment of the expressway project.
"This structure does not obstruct the construction work of the main carriageway at all and the concessionaire can complete the same without any hindrance," said a spokesperson of HSIIDC.
The industry body official also alleged that the expressway construction firm is trying to shift the blame on to others to cover up their own deficiencies as they have missed several deadlines.