The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up the Centre for delay in constructing Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, around Delhi and said change in government is no excuse to drag on a project.
The Western and Eastern Peripheral Expressways were planned to decongest Delhi’s ring roads by diverting heavy vehicles coming from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. However, it failed to take off owing to one reason or another.
“People are suffering… this (work) started in 2005. Ten years down the line, you tell us not even one kilometre of the Expressway is built?
What were your engineers and officers doing till now? For doing nothing, you will be paying contractors and builders from public money.
Change of government is no ground,” the Green Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu said.
The court’s censure came as Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Urban Development Ministry, told the bench that of the 135 km stretch, not even a single km was ready and that the government would require more time to float tenders and engage a new contractor.
He requested the bench to give them three months’ time to finalise the tender and another two months to mobilise the commencement of work. The bench said if this was allowed to continue, there will be no sign of expressway even after two decades.