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DISCLAIMER: Readers are requested to verify and make appropriate enquiries to satisfy themselves about the veracity of an advertisement before responding to any published in this newspaper. THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD., the Publisher & Owner of this newspaper, does not vouch for the authenticity of any advertisement or advertiser or for any of the advertiser’s products and/or services. In no event can the Owner, Publisher, Printer, Editor, Dir- ector/s, Employees of this newspaper/ company be held responsible/liable in any manner whatsoever for any claims and/or damages for advertisements in this newspaper. DELHI Timings Monday, Aug. 05 RISE 05:45 SET 19:10 RISE 10:07 SET 22:30 Tuesday, Aug. 06 RISE 05:45 SET 19:09 RISE 11:11 SET 23:09 Wednesday, Aug. 07 RISE 05:46 SET 19:08 RISE 12:13 SET 23:47 Less than a year after Prime Minister  Narendra  Modi  in- augurated the Kundli-Mane- sar  section  of  the  135-km- long Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP)  Expressway  in  No- vember  last  year  making  it fully operational, several in- stances of cave-in have been reported on the stretch over the  past  few  weeks  raising doubts  about  the  construc- tion quality. The road, with an average traffic of around 35,000 veh- icles per day, still lacks basic amenities  such  as  street light,  fuel  stations,  res- trooms, food joints and FAS- Tag facility. Nehru Singh, toll manager of Prakash Asphaltings & Toll Highways  (India)  Limited  — the  company  that  collects toll on the expressway — said he  received  around  15-20 complaints of cave-ins, most- ly on the new Kundli-Mane- sar section, over the last fort- night.  Mr.  Singh  said  the traffic had remained disrupt- ed near Panchgaon for more than  two  hours  this  past month after a cave-in. “The sand  along  the  expressway was washed away at several points  on  the  new  section causing  damage  to  the  rail- ings and the road,” said Mr. Singh. Soil compaction Pradeep Goyal, chief operat- ing officer of Essel Infrapro- jects Limited — the construc- tion company — said unlike other  highways,  the  KMP was  at  a  height  of  4-5  feet above  the  ground  and  the soil  in  the  area  was  sandy leading  to  the  cave-ins.  He said the process of compac- tion of the soil was expected to be complete by next mon- soon  and  hoped  that  there would be no such instances next year. Arshad,  a  truck  driver, who  usually  takes  the  ex- pressway  on  his  way  to Chennai from Sonipat, said there  were  no  fuel  stations and puncture shops on the road. He said it was danger- ous to travel on the road at night  since  there  were  no lights and it had caved-in at several points. ‘Way Side Amenities’ Though four sites have been earmarked  on  the  express- way  for  “Way  Side  Ameni- ties”  —  fuel  stations,  res- trooms and food joints — and six acre land is acquired for each, tender has been given only  for  one.  “The  tender was  awarded  to  IOCL  for  a fuel station near Jhajjar (KM 47) a month ago for one of the  sites  and  the  construc- tion has begun. We are in the process of allocating the re- maining three sites as well.
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