No traffic jam in Delhi..SC gives this order

New Delhi, May 10: The Supreme Court on Thursday said the 135 km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway, built to decongest traffic in Delhi, will stand open to the public if not inaugurated by May 31. The announcement was made by a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta.

"Why was it not done then?" asked the apex court. "Why are we waiting for the Prime Minister to inaugurate it?" said the bench while hearing a case related to Delhi Pollution. During the hearing, counsel appearing for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) told the court that it has written to the Prime Minister's Office for the inauguration and was waiting for a response.

"We will wait till May 31, otherwise it will be open to the public. Delay in the opening is certainly not in the interest of public," said the bench. The court said that when the Meghalaya High Court is functioning without an official inauguration for the last five years then "why should the Eastern Corridor wait".

The expressway was scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29 but it could not be done due to his prior commitments, the NHAI told the court.

"Why was it not done then?" asked the Supreme Court. "Why are we waiting for the Prime Minister to inaugurate it?" the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta hearing a case relating to Delhi Pollution said today.

The Meghalaya High Court has been working for five years without an official inauguration, the top court noted and said, "why should the Eastern Corridor wait".

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) and Palwal.

The counsel appearing for the Haryana government told the bench that works on the Western Peripheral Expressway will be completed by June 30.

The 135-km long Western Peripheral Expressway connects Kundli to Palwal via Manesar in Haryana.

The two expressways were planned in 2006 following the apex court's order to build a ring road outside the national capital for channelling non-Delhi bound traffic bypassing the city.

News24Bureau with IANS inputs