In an attack against previous governments for failing to complete the expressway on time, Modi said they followed a culture of “latkaane, atkaane, aur bhatkaane”, and that the manner in which the project was handled “is a case study” that shows “how people’s money is wasted”.
The project to construct Peripheral Expressways around Delhi was initiated in 2003 by the Supreme Court-mandated EPCA with the twin objective of decongesting and depolluting the capital by diverting traffic not destined to end up here.
The Kundli-Manesar-Pawal expressway is likely to open in August. Plans are also in place to develop five new cities along the expressway, the first of which will come up to the south of Gurgaon, near Manesar.
The Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway is expected to help decongest the roads of Delhi and hence help cut down some of the pollution in the national capital. Here’s how much decongestion it is expected to lead to.