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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