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Modi to dedicate two expressways in Haryana at March-end

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

will dedicate the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway and Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal (KGP) Expressway to the people on the completion of these projects by March 31, said on Monday.

Khattar, who inspected the intersection of KMP-KGP and National Highway-1 at in district on Monday, said that the construction work on these expressways would be got completed within the prescribed time frame.

"The completion of the expressways would help in getting rid of the problem of traffic jams and also ensure smooth flow of vehicles," he told media at the site, nearly 200 km from here.

The 53-km Palwal-stretch of the ambitious Expressway was opened for traffic in April 2016, nearly seven years behind schedule.

The original deadline for the 136-km expressway was July 2009 but the project got mired in controversies and litigation with deadlines being continuously extended. The expressway project is expected to help ease traffic flow, especially of heavy vehicles, through national capital New It will pass through five districts in - Sonipat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal.

The Palwal-stretch was completed at a cost of Rs 457.81 crore.

The significance of the expressway is that it will connect four major national highways (NH), NH-1 (Delhi-Ambala-Amritsar), NH-2 (Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Dankuni), NH-8 (Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai) and NH-10 (Delhi-Hisar-Fazilka-Indo-Pak border). It will significantly reduce the traffic from north Indian states to central, western and south and vice versa.

The earlier concessionaire, Expressway Limited, failed to complete the work even up to December 2014, despite warnings from the government. The previous government in Haryana, led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had launched the ambitious project.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 18:52 IST
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