Kundli–Manesar–Palwal Expressway

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Kundli Manesar Palwal Expressway
Route information
Length: 135.6 km (84.3 mi)
Major junctions
North end: Kundli on NH 1, 5 km north of Delhi border
  NH 10, 5 km northwest of Bahadurgarh
Badli village 3 km west of Delhi border on Gurgaon-Jhajjar road
Just east of Farrukhnagar on Gurgaon-Farrukhnagar road
Northwest corner of IMT Manesar on SH 26 (Gurgaon-Pataudi-Rewari state highway)
Pachgaon village on NH 8, 5 km southwest of National Security Guard campus, Manesar
4 km east of Taoru town on NH 71B
10 km south of Sohna on SH 13 (Gurgaon-Sohna-Nuh-Alwar state highway)
South end: 5 km south of Palwal on NH 2 or about 40 km south of Delhi border
Location
States: Haryana
Major cities: Sonipat (Kundli), Gurgaon, Palwal, Bahadurgarh Gateway of Haryana
Highway system

Delhi Western Peripheral Expressway, or Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP Expressway), is a 135.6 km (84.3 mi) long Expressway being constructed in the Indian state of Haryana. The expressway will act as a Delhi bypass for traffic coming from north of Delhi on NH 1 and going to south of Delhi on NH 2 or west of Delhi on NH 8.

Overview[edit]

The 135.6 km long Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Haryana (official name Western Peripheral Expressway) has been divided into three sections of 45 km each. Flyovers are being constructed at places where the expressway crosses national highways, namely, NH 1 at Kundli (Sonepat) where it starts just north of Delhi, NH 10 just northwest of Bahadurgarh, NH 8 south of Manesar, NH 71B southwest of Sohna and NH 2 south of Palwal. Sixteen overpasses and underpasses at crossings on state highways and major district roads; seven overpasses, nine underpasses and 27 underpasses at crossings on village roads; and 33 agricultural vehicular underpasses, 31 cattle crossing passages, 61 pedestrian crossing passages, four railway overbridges, 18 major and minor bridges, cross drainage works (culverts) at 292 locations, and two truck parking and four bus bays will also be constructed.

Progress[edit]

KMP Expressway's construction started in 2007 and it was planned to become operational by 29 July 2009 at the cost of INR Rs.17.6 billion[1] but the construction by the contractor, Darshan Singh Construction Company (DSC), has been so tardy that the expressway is unlikely to open in 2014 and the cost may escalate to Rs.25 billion.[2][3]

The construction company assured the Haryana government in October 2010 that the 53 km long stretch of the expressway from Manesar to Palwal would be completed by March 2011.[4] However, the stretch had not opened for traffic even by the beginning of 2014. Work had been completed only on 48 km section by August 2012.[2]

Lenders may pull the plug[edit]

On 18 February 2013, the newspaper Hindustan Times reported as follows:

IDBI Bank, the lead lender of the KMP project lender consortium, has expressed grave concern of all the project lenders because of substantial time and cost over-run of the project despite release of need-based funds from time to time to the concessionaire. It has communicated to Haryana government that by June 2013 the concessionaire would be exhausting the maximum permissible time of four years beyond the scheduled commercial operation date (CoD) as per the extant RBI guidelines for infrastructure sector. The Haryana government responded by saying that the concessionaire had been revising the commercial operation date time and again because of slow progress and the work is yet to be substantially completed. It was difficult to decide the modalities of the revised commercial operation date at this stage.[5]

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