KMP Expressway to be fully operational from Nov 10

Running over nine years behind schedule, the 136-km-long Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, will become fully operational on November 10 with the inauguration of its 83-km-long Kundli-Manesar section.

The 53-km-long Manesar-Palwal section of the KMP e-way was thrown open to the public two years ago.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kundli-Manesar section via remote control around 10 a.m. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will be at the launch event in Sonipat’s Kundli. Functions will also be organised at all toll plazas on the new section.

Forming a ring around the National Capital Region (NCR), the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (connecting Kundli, Ghaziabad and Palwal) and the Western Peripheral Expressway (Kundli, Manesar and Palwal) were conceived to ensure that non-destined commercial vehicles do not enter the city limits of Delhi.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway is already open.

The KMP Expressway will bypass traffic coming from north of Delhi on NH-44 and going to south of Delhi on NH-19 and to the west along NH-48. It offers signal-free connectivity to the traffic headed towards Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Economic boost

With a large number of vehicles off Delhi roads, it will make for a more comfortable commute for the people of the city and bring down the number of traffic offenders, accidents and fatalities.

The KMP Expressway will also provide a big boost to the economy of the adjoining regions. The Haryana government has proposed to develop five cities and multiple industrial corridors along the six-lane road.

The work on the KMP Expressway project was originally allotted to concessionaire M/s KMP Expressway Limited on January 31, 2006. The completion date was fixed as July 29, 2009, with a toll collection period of 20 years and nine months. However, the concessionaire failed to complete the work even till December 2014.

In its order dated January 30, 2015, the Supreme Court directed the State government to award the contract to a new concessionaire.

Subsequently, the concession agreement of M/s KMP Expressway Limited was terminated on March 19, 2015.

Work on the Manesar-Palwal section was then allotted to M/s KCC Buildcon Private Limited-Dilip Buildcon Private Limited (JV) on item rate tender basis in March 2015 and the section was dedicated to the public in April 2016. Work on the Kundli-Manesar section was allotted to M/s Essel Infra Projects Limited in July 2015 and the likely date of completion was fixed as August 2018, with six months period for obtaining financial closure.

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