PM Modi accuses Congress of delaying KMP expressway, wasting public money
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a scathing attack on the previous Congress government over the delayed Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway project, saying it is a "case study" of how public money is wasted.
Without naming the Congress-led UPA dispensation, Modi blamed it for the slow pace of development of infrastructure projects across the country.
He inaugurated the 83-km stretch of KMP, also known as western peripheral expressway, and the Rs 580-crore 3.2-km elevated stretch of the Violet Line of the Delhi Metro through video-conferencing from Sultanpur village in this district.
The metro corridor linking the Kashmere Gate station in New Delhi with Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad was planned for expansion up to Ballabhgarh, an industrial hub.
The prime minister also laid the foundation stone of the Rs 989-crore Shri Vishwakarma Skill University, which will come up at Dudhola in Palwal district over 82.5 acres of land.
Addressing a public gathering after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of the projects, Modi said, "The way work was done on this (KMP) project is a case study of how public money is wasted, how injustice is done with people.
"When this project started, it was estimated that Rs 1,200 crore would be spent on it. After years of delay, the cost escalated more than three-fold".
He said the KMP and metro rail-link projects will improve connectivity in the region and the skill university will help empower the youth.
"Today's occasion is to remember two pictures — one of the present time, when a work is taken up with determination and is accomplished, which is reflective of the work culture of the BJP governments. The second picture duly reminds us of how work was done during the previous government," Modi said.
"That picture reminds us that the work on this expressway had been going on for 12 years. That picture reminds us that the expressway project should have been completed and dedicated to people 8-9 years ago, but it did not happen. The way previous regimes functioned it took 12 years for this expressway to get completed," he said.
He said the KMP project was to be used during the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.
"But what they (previous regime) did to Commonwealth Games (in an apparent reference to CWG scam), the same story became true for this expressway," he said.
Modi said after the NDA government came to power in 2014, the Centre and the Haryana government engaged regularly to ensure the project is completed soon.
"Sochiye atkane, latkane aur bhatkane waali sanskriti nein Haryana ka, yahan ki janta ka, purey Delhi-NCR ka, kitna bada nuksan kiya hai (Think, how much loss the culture of creating obstacles, delaying and misguiding has caused to Haryana, the people, entire Delhi-NCR," he said.
"Had the work on this peripheral expressway been completed on time, the traffic situation in Delhi would have been something else," he said.
He said the completion of the projects were a step towards "all-round development of Haryana" .
He said his government has spent more than Rs 3 lakh crore on developing 33,000 km of highways.
"We have developed more highways in four years than what previous government had built in their first seven to seven-and-a-half years of their rule.
Reiterating that BJP governments work with an aim of "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas", he said their work was now visible in party-ruled states including Haryana.
Batting for a clean environment, Modi said metro projects should be developed as they help in reducing air pollution. He cited examples of electric cars and expansion of electric rail lines.
Government is also emphasising on fully utilising water resources, he said, adding more than 100 waterways were coming up.
"Constructing highways, metro rail, developing waterways, helps develop a complete ecosystem, which benefits transports, construction, manufacturing and services sector," he said.
Modi praised Haryana, saying it is one of the leading states in terms of exports and in running central government programmes. "The success of 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' and 'Khelo India' campaigns were the biggest example of this."
He also recalled the sacrifices of soldiers from Haryana.
(With inputs from agencies.)