PM Modi inaugurates Western Peripheral Expressway: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated different infrastructure projects including the Western Peripheral Expressway and the Escorts Mujesar to Ballabgarh section of Delhi Metro in Haryana on Monday. Addressing a huge gathering the prime minister said the western peripheral expressway had to be completed during the Commonwealth Games during the Congress rule.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated much-delayed Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway and addressed a public meeting at village Sultanpur in Gurgaon today. The Western Peripheral Expressway, which was originally proposed in 2003 and expected to be completed by 2009, has taken 15 long years to be completed and will connect with its Eastern counterpart to form a circle around Delhi. The length of the Kundli to Manesar stretch is over 83 km.

According to officials, a sum of Rs 6,400 has been spent on the expressway project. The government had acquired 3,846 acres of land at a cost of Rs 2,788 crore. The BJP has accused the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre of inefficient management which led to the delay of this project. The project was launched to reduce vehicle load on Delhi roads. It will also provide high-speed connectivity between north and Haryana districts an ensure all commercial vehicle skip the national capital as smoke coming out of them is one of the major cause of pollution in Delhi.

The six-lane Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) project was revived in 2014. The 53-km-stretch between Manesar and Palwal of this project was inaugurated in April 2016.

The two expressways around the national capital – Eastern Peripheral Expressway and the Western Peripheral Expressway were planned in 2003 after an order by the Supreme Court. 

The Eastern Periphery Expressway, which is already operational, was inaugurated by PM Modi on May 27. The 135-km long EPE, which is India’s first smart and green highway, was built in a record time of 17 months.

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