The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the much-delayed Eastern Peripheral Expressway to be thrown open to the public from June 1, adding that it will help to decongest Delhi.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) counsel told the apex court that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was supposed to inaugurate the project, when he cancelled it due to prior commitments last month.
A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta said that even if the Prime Minister could not inaugurate the expressway by then, any further delay will not be in the interest of the people.
The Eastern Expressway is a six-lane highway that connects Kundli to Palwal in Haryana via Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. When opened, it will help to decongest Delhi by diverting around two lakh vehicles.
The expressway runs for 135 km and is touted as India's smartest highway.
The other half of the project, the Western Peripheral Expressway, which will connect Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana is currently under construction.