The much delayed project to upgrade the 265km Delhi-Jaipur highway from four to six lane would be completed by December, highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.
Once complete, the travel time between Delhi and Jaipur would reduce to three hours from the current over six hours. “We will inaugurate the six-lane highway in December. This is the lifeline between Delhi and Rajasthan,” Gadkari said.
Work on the highway project started in 2008 and the original completion date was 2011. The delay has resulted in the project cost escalating from Rs 1,896 crore to Rs 3,000 crore.
Gadkari blamed the government -- both at the Centre and state -- for the delay. “The government failed to acquire land for the project on time. There was also a issue with financing. After coming to power, we had several rounds of meetings with the concessionaire and sorted out the issues plaguing the project,” he said.