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KMP e-way to open by June 2011

india Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:38 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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The company constructing Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway (also known as Western Peripheral Expressway) on Monday assured the Haryana Government that the project would be completed in June 2011.

It also assured that the partial 50-km stretch between Manesar and Palawal would be opened in February 2011.

The commitment came in a meeting convened by Haryana Chief Secretary, Urvashi Gulati, in Chandigarh on Monday, in which KMP Expressway officials participated.

Gulati asked the company to expedite work on the Expressway and complete it as early as possible.

The meeting took place after the Haryana government took notice of a report published in Hindustan Times, in which KMPEL had said that it would not open the 50-km partial stretch in November but the entire 135-km stretch together in the middle of 2011, said a Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) official.

The company was to open the stretch partially in November as per its earlier commitment.

The HSIIDC had awarded the contract of constructing the KMP Expressway to KMP Expressway Limited on the Built-operate-transfer (BOT) basis and it was to be completed in July 2009.

However, because of problems such as litigations, change in the design of railway overbridges (ROBs) and other hurdles, the HSIIDC was given extension till December 2010.

H S Kohli, chairman, KMP Expressway Limited informed the chief secretary that the delay was caused due to unavailability of skilled manpower, owing to the ongoing CW Games and IGI airport’s T3 projects, along with some other hurdles.

"Some of the land is still to be transferred to us following litigation issues. We are going to have enough skilled manpower soon and this will speed up work. Skilled labour had been diverted for CWG and T3 projects. We have sought permission to open partially in February 2011 and fully in June 2011," Kohli said.

Chief Secretary Gulati today also directed HSIIDC officials to closely monitor the project and convene monthly meetings to oversee its progress.

She said that the independent consultant and the HSIIDC would monitor the progress regularly. However, Gulati expressed annoyance over the slowing down of the project work and for skipping the November deadline again.