"If the Haryana government is unable to complete it (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal or Western Peripheral Expressway) in time, the central government is ready to own the project in asset and liability, as this ring road is very important for Delhi," Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

The Delhi government was also supposed to pay over Rs 621 crore to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as its contribution for construction of the Western Peripheral Expressway.
But, Gadkari said that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has conveyed to the Centre that Delhi cannot provide funds for the Expressway.
Speaking at the foundation stone laying of a transmission line in Tughlakabad, Gadkari said that the work on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway will soon start.
"There is a lot of traffic in Delhi, we have recognised the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) is an important project, the tender for building the same has been floated and in the next 15 days will be able to finalise it, in two months time will start work on it," he said.

The estimated cost of both the projects is Rs 8,500 crore, the minister said.EPE envisages to provide signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) and Palwal while the WPE connects Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana.

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