Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, spanning five districts, is set to resume next month: CM 28-03-2015
Chandigarh, March 28— Left abandoned for two years and delayed by more than five years, work on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway,spanning five districts of Sonepat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal, is set to resume next month. Now, it will be a six-lane expressway, not four-laned, as planned earlier. Disclosing this here today, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, said that while work on the Manesar-Palwal section would resume within one month and completed in less than one year, it would be taken up on the Kundli-Manesar section in about three months. “We have taken the initiative to convert the dream into reality. While the HSIIDC today allotted work for the Manesar-Palwal section on Item Rate Mode which would start shortly, bids for the Kundli-Manesar section are being invited and work on this stretch will hopefully take off in three months,” the Chief Minister said. In pursuance to the Supreme Court orders dated January 30, 2015, the state government took the decision to terminate the contract and have a new concessionaire. With the initiatives taken by the present government, the revival of KMP Expressway Project is now taking shape. Giving out the details, Mr Manohar lal said that the HSIIDC had allotted work for the Manesar-Palwal section on Item Rate Mode which would start in a month and would be completed in less than one year. While no bid was received on BOT (Toll) mode, three bids were received for the Manesar-Palwal Section on Item Rate Mode. Bids for the Kundli-Manesar section are also being invited on BOT (Annuity) mode by May, 2015. With this initiative, it is anticipated that work on this section will also take off in three months. “With completion of the much delayed project, northern Haryana will have high-speed connectivity with southern districts like Gurgaon, Faridabad and Palwal; the National Capital Territory will be decongested as traffic from the northern parts of the country headed for other regions, would not need to cross Delhi, and pollution will be reduced considerably”, the Chief Minister added. In order to ensure time-bound completion of the project, the state government decided to invite bids for the left-over work of the project on BOT (Toll) mode for the entire project and Item Rate Mode for Manesar-Palwal Section (km. 83.320 to km. 135.650) simultaneously. Keeping in view the increase in traffic, the government also decided to construct the Expressway in six lanes against four lanes earlier. Work on development of the KMP Expressway Project was started in 2006. For development of this project on BOT basis, Concession Agreement was signed with M/s KMP Expressway Ltd. As per the original time schedule, the expressway was to be ready by July 29, 2009. However, due to various defaluts by the concessionaire, it did not happen and the project lay abandoned for more than two years.