New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Western Peripheral Expressway on Monday.
Also known as the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, this much-awaited expressway will provide easy access to heavy vehicles to various industrial towns like Maneser, Sohna, Dharuhera, Bawal and Bhiwadi in Haryana without entering Delhi.

Here’s all you need to know about the Western Peripheral Expressway:

  • It took 15 years to complete this project.
  • The Delhi Western Peripheral Expressway was proposed in 2003.
  • The project was awarded to KMP Expressways Ltd., a Special Purpose Vehicle of DS Constructions, Madhucon Projects and Apollo Enterprises in 2005. 
  • The initial total cost of the project was Rs. 1915 crore.
  • According to a concession agreement signed between Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and KMP expressways in Jan 2005, the project was set to be completed in June 2009.

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  • The project missed its initial deadline and availed multiple extensions.
  • In June 2012, in a multi-party meeting between Haryana government, Delhi government, and the developer a revised deadline of May 2013 was fixed.
  • Due to delay in construction, HSIIDC decided to penalise the company in April 2012 after which the dispute went to courts and the project was stalled.
  • Later the lenders led by IDBI bank served the concessionaire KMP Expressways with a substitution notice due to its continued defaults in the performance of its financial and other obligations. 
  • Subsequently, the Haryana Congress government which had also awarded the contract decided to terminate the contract and pay KMP Expressways and lenders Rs 1,300 crore as a termination payment.  
  • In 2014, the project was revived. It was also decided to upgrade the expressway to a six-lane expressway.
  • On April 5, 2016, the 53-km stretch between Manesar and Palwal was opened for public use.

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  • November 2018: Expressway is being opened.
  • One ambulance, one crane and one police patrol vehicle with a helpline number have been stationed in every 20 km for speedy response in case of accidents or emergencies.