Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said that the project earlier cost Rs 800 crores which the Delhi Government had paid, but now it costs over Rs 8,000 crore.
The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday that the Delhi government must pay “without fail” its dues of over Rs 3,500 crore as the land acquisition cost for the eastern and western peripheral expressways aimed at de-congesting traffic in the national capital. While eastern peripheral expressway envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) and Palwal, the western Peripheral Expressway connects Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana. Both are 135 km each. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said that in pursuance to the top court’s October 18 direction a meeting of committees of secretaries was held under the chairmanship of the cabinet secretary on November 11.
“It is submitted that after detailed deliberation at the meeting held on November 11, 2019, the committee passed the following recommendations: