New Delhi: The Delhi government has sanctioned an additional Rs 621 crore for the construction of the Delhi Western Peripheral Expressway which is also called the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP Expressway) in the neighbouring state of Haryana.

The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Sheila Dixit on Monday. The government however, kept tightlipped over the decision due to the model code of conduct applicable in the wake of Municipal Corporation elections. The government has already made a payment of Rs 623 crore for this project.

The Expressway is likely to help in overcoming the burden of heavy vehicles entering the capital.

According to the sources, heavy vehicles coming from different states of the country cross Delhi to reach Haryana and its neighbouring states. In order to reduce the load of vehicles and the pollution caused, it was planned to construct Eastern and Western Expressway at outer ring road peripheral in the capital.

The 135.6 km long expressway was initially expected to become operational by June 2009 but some parts of the project are yet to be constructed due to which it has been delayed, sources said.

(JPN/Bureau)