Delhi-Meerut Expressway deadline to be extended by six months

The impending delay will also have a bearing on the overall expenditure

Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Project delays, National Highways Authority of India, NHAI, Lockdown in India, Rising project cost, Migrant labourers, Expressway

The nationwide lockdown is likely to push the deadline of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway by at least six months.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had earlier set the deadline of May 2020 for the 82 km highway.

Even if the lockdown is lifted, it will be a task to mobilise 1,400 labourers required for completing the project. Also, at least 70% of these labourers have left for hometowns in faraway states. Another reason that can delay the project further is the onset of monsoon.

The authorities are yet to come up with a new deadline for the expressway. The project is now expected to be completed in 2020 or earlier in 2021.

The impending delay will also have a bearing on the overall expenditure. The cost is likely to scale up at the rate of 0.7% a month and the loss will be around Rs 75 crore.

The total cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 4,976 crore.

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