Eastern Times: March 1, 2021, New Delhi: Protesting farmers have decided to block the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway on March 6, a Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader said here on Monday, after a meeting of SKM and trade union leaders.
Balbir Singh Rajewal said that a call has been given to farmers camping at three Delhi border points to block the KMP Expressway from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border points, Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, demanding a complete repeal of three farm laws enacted in September last year. “We will block the KMP expressway on March 6 as part of the intensification of the ongoing protest,” Rajewal told the media.
The 136-km Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway or the western peripheral expressway was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.
It was built to decongest the ever-busy roads of Delhi, especially by reducing the number of trucks entering the national capital, thus helping to curb pollution. It provides high-speed link between northern Haryana and southern districts and gives uninterrupted high-speed link for traffic, especially commercial traffic, from Haryana to neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said, a joint programme of action is being worked out by it along with many central trade unions which have expressed their support and solidarity for the ongoing farmers’ movement.
In a statement, the Morcha said that the month of March will witness numerous Mahapanchayats across the country including in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal and Odisha.