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Delays dog Kalindi Kunj expressway project

The expressway is promising to remove traffic blocks from Faridabad to Badarpur border, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 12:10 IST

The Kalindi Kunj expressway project, which will link Delhi and Faridabad, has been delayed indefinitely with Uttar Pradesh persistently refusing to part land for it.

The project was scheduled for completion in May this year. "Unless the issue is resolved, we will not be able to move ahead with the project," said an official in the Public Works Department (PWD).

Once completed, the expressway connecting Faridabad and Sarita Vihar promises to remove traffic bottlenecks motorists driving to Faridabad face near the Badarpur border. Inter-state buses and heavy transport vehicles are also supposed to take this route.

PWD and urban development minister AK Walia on Wednesday admitted the project had been delayed. "Uttar Pradesh is yet to part with land it claims belongs to it," the minister told HT.

Uttar Pradesh's flood and irrigation department has claimed ownership to around 105 bighas of land, which the DDA has transferred to the Delhi government for the project.

The Rs 105-crore project to build the Kalindi Kunj bypass road began in May 2003. "It seems to be a jinxed project with several obstacles coming in its way in the last over three years," said a PWD official.

Government officials said so far there hardly had been any face-to-face meeting with Uttar Pradesh to resolve the issue.

"It is just a letter war between that state and Delhi. We write to them and they reply back. Nothing has moved forward," said another official involved in the exercise.

First Published: Oct 12, 2006 12:10 IST