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Road to unclog Delhi to be done by March-end: Haryana CM Khattar

PM Modi to inaugurate the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway and the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal expressway on March 31, officials said.

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2018 23:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam at near Gurgaon.(PTI)

Work on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway and the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) expressway would be completed by March 31, and the two major roads, which are likely to take a significant traffic load off the streets of the National Capital, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar inspected the KMP-KGP intersection and National Highway-1 at Rai in Haryana’s Sonipat district. Khattar said that the construction work on these expressways would get completed within the prescribed timeframe and it would help in dealing with traffic jams. Earlier, he reviewed the progress of construction work and sought report from the officers of the construction company.

In October last year, Khattar had announced that the work on the KMP expressway would be completed by the end of 2017.

“Chief Minister on Monday conducted a surprise inspection of the project sites in Kundli to know the exact progress on these two key roads as Haryana government is very keen on this project. He expressed satisfaction at the pace of work. We have been assured that this project will be completed by March 31. It will be dedicated to the nation by PM Narendra Modi”, said Amit Arya, media advisor to the Haryana CM.

Officials said Khattar had a detailed discussion with highway authority officials and he sought details about the construction status of the roads. He also inspected the intersection point of the KGP and KMP on NH-1.

The CM reportedly took keen interest in the service roads, road over bridges and other infrastructure being built along the road and asked stakeholders to expedite the work so it is completed by March 31.

The Haryana government has been a strong proponent of the KMP, and the KGP expressways as it hopes to gain major traction from the movement of vehicles on this expressway in terms of business and industrial expansion. After these roads are completed, vehicles going from north India to western and southern part of the country would be able to pass through without entering into Delhi. These vehicles will also be able to bypass Gurgaon and Delhi, which will reduce pollution and traffic in NCR.

Earlier, Haryana CM had announced that the work on the KMP expressway would be completed by the end of last year. The 53-km Manesar-Palwal section connects Delhi-Jaipur NH-48 with Delhi-Agra NH-2 and is aimed at facilitating vehicles to commute on both highways without entering Delhi and without travelling on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 23:22 IST