Rs 11,000-cr Eastern Peripheral Expressway to complete in August: Nitin Gadkari

BAGPAT (UTTAR PRADESH): India’s first smart and green highwayEastern Peripheral Expressway for decongesting Delhi will be completed in August this year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the 135-km, the nearly Rs 11,000 crore access-controlled six-lane expressway.

The project is replete with smart and intelligent highway traffic management system (HTMS) and video incident detection system (VIDS) besides a closed tolling system in which the collections will be made only on the distance travelled and not on the entire length.

“The project, most likely, will be completed in August this year. We have spent a huge Rs 5,900 crore on land acquisition. Once complete, This will reduce traffic congestion in Delhi and will have the best automatic traffic management system, landscaping, besides wayside amenities. We’re planting at least 2.5 lakh trees and the expressway will be lit by solar panels,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari said here.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will set a benchmark in highway construction by being environment-friendly with world-class safety features and smart/interactive infrastructure, the minister said.

The project, which commenced on September 14, 2015 will consume a million tonnes of flyash from NTPC’s various thermal plants to utilise waste and minimise pollution.

The greenfield project, which hit several hurdles and saw laying of its foundation by Prime Minster Narendra Modi on 5 November, 2015, will divert around 2 lakh vehicles passing through the national capital daily to this bypass, cutting out pollution.

Gadkari, who inspected the project sites in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, said the toll plazas will be equipped with the faster Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system offering an uninterrupted travel experience to users.

“The Expressway will be equipped with HTMS which will include Variable Message Signs (VMS), CCTV, VIDS, Warning Devices, Overspeed Checking System, Weigh-in-Motion, Pavement Management Systems and Fibre Optic Network.

All information collected from HTMS equipment will be relayed to a central server in control room which will, on the basis of input, trigger alarms and change VMS messages etc. This will result in real-time incident management,” he said.

Along the expressway, wayside amenities like petrol pumps, motels, rest areas, restaurants, shops, repair services etc will be developed, he said.

Landscaping will be done at all the interchanges, major bridges and toll plazas with provision of fountains and lighting and a total of about 2.5 lakh trees of various species will be planted as green belt within row of the Project Expressway, he added.

Unique features of the project will be rainwater harvesting at every 500 metres on either side of the Expressway and the watering of the plants will be done through drip irrigation, he said.

In keeping with the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission, provision of toilets will be made at regular intervals along the expressway on either side at a distance of 25 km, he added.

The expressway passes through Sonipat, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and the proposed alignment crosses river Yamuna at Khurrampur/Khata in UP and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the river Hindon.

The project will consume 10.2 lakh tonne cement, about one lakh tonne steel, 19 lakh tonnes of sand and 50 lakh tonnes aggregates. Manpower employed is 7,275.

The project had earlier faced resistance from farmers over land and other issues which have since been solved by giving higher compensation.

The Supreme Court has directed police chiefs of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to provide adequate security for expeditious completion of the project.

The project work has been divided into six packages and are being carried out by Sadbhav Engineering, Jai Prakash Associates, Ashoka Buildcon, Oriential Structural Engineers and Gayatri Project and barring package III, the physical progress of the packages was between 57 and 61 per cent.

Package III, being built by the debt-laden construction and cement firm Jaiprakash Associates, made only 36 per cent progress.

There are about 400 structures in this project out of which two major bridges are on river Yamuna and one major bridge on river Hindon and Agra Canal.

There are 8 interchanges, 4 flyovers, 71 vehicle underpasses, 6 RoBs etc.

“Eastern Peripheral Highway is just the beginning. We will make 12 such express highways. Three of such highways will be started in 2017 itself,” Gadkari said.



Gurgaon: NHAI invites tenders for elevated road on Dwarka Expressway, construction may start in April

Invites tender for 10km elevated road between Delhi-Gurgaon border, Basai railway overbridge


The construction of the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), popularly known as the Dwarka Expressway, is likely to start next month as the highways authority has initiated the process of inviting tenders for an elevated road.

Simultaneously, efforts are being made to settle litigations to clear land for the project that was initiated in 2007.

The biggest road block in completion of the Dwarka Expressway has been transfer of litigation-free land from the Haryana government to the NHAI.

“A week ago, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) opened tender for the construction of the proposed elevated road on the Dwarka Expressway. Hopefully, construction (of the elevated road) would commence anytime in April. By that time, Huda is making efforts to vacate the stay on land falling in alignment of the expressway in New Palam Vihar,” said Rao Inderjit Singh, Union minister of state and Member of Parliament from Gurgaon.

Besides opening of tender, the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) has also started the process of demolishing structures affecting the road’s alignment.

While the Huda has demolished one house that was affecting the road’s alignment, it has given compensation to all 70 house owners and served notices cautioning them to vacate by Monday, March 20, or face action.

The Huda has also decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court to vacate the stay granted by Punjab and Haryana high court on acquiring land from plot owners with general and special power of attorneys (GPA-SPA) for the NPR project.

“We will move a petition in the Supreme Court to vacate high court stay soon to acquire land,” said Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator Huda, Gurgaon.

Meanwhile, the NHAI-appointed consultants have started site inspection of the expressway.

“The government at the centre and the states (Delhi and Haryana) are trying their best to resolve litigation affecting land acquisition. However, NHAI has opened its tender as sign of positive development in this regard,” said a senior NHAI official, requesting anonymity.

With this, investors who bought plots and flats along the Dwarka Expressway are hopeful that the NHAI would commence construction of the proposed elevated road between Delhi-Gurgaon border and Basai railway overbridge (ROB) in April.

The developers of housing complexes along the proposed road have not completed projects, which are delayed by three to five years, due to inordinate delay in completion of the Dwarka Expressway.

This delay has also affected the spread of basic civic amenities to such as sewer, water, roads and electricity connections, in the area.

“Huda has not been able to acquire a small portion of land in New Palam Vihar since a few houses of oustees, who have purchased land on GPA/SPA are yet to be vacated. Huda went out of its way and allotted alternate plots to these oustees, but the allotment has been stayed by Punjab and Haryana high court. Fate of over one lakh legitimate homebuyers and a ₹7,500 crore project of national importance lies in the hands of the court today,” said Manish Grover, member of the Dxp Welfare Association.

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Drive from Delhi’s Dwarka to Gurgaon to get smoother with underpass, flyover

Two underpasses and one flyover on NH-8 will make the commute between Dwarka, Vasant Kunj, Dhaula Kuan and Gurgaon smoother. The first underpass will connect the Urban Extension Road, the other help traffic from Dwarka going to Gurgaon. The flyover will come up for traffic from Dhaula Kuan

Commute to Dwarka from Vasant Kunj, Dhaula Kuan and Gurgaon will become smoother as the Delhi government has proposed two underpasses and a flyover on National Highway 8.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has, however, raised an objection over the height of the flyover as it is close to runway 29, one of the three runways at Delhi airport.

The first underpass will start from Vasant Kunj Sector C and connect the Urban Extension Road 2, passing under the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway — which runs parallel to the airport’s boundary wall and connects to Dwarka. This will be 3.2 km long.

The underpass will help commuters avoid taking the congested Mahipalpur road to go to Dwarka.

“We have proposed two bypasses southern access and northern access from Vasant Kunj. Under northern access, we are giving signal free access to the airport from Vasant Kunj with the help of two flyovers and one underpass. Under the southern bypass, commuters going to Gurgaon and Dwarka will be benefited,” said a PWD official.

The Public Works Department (PWD) had conducted the feasibility study of the project and has handed it over to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Once the NHAI’s work is done and the project gets no-objection from all agencies concerned, it will be handed back to PWD for execution.

An 800-metre long flyover is also proposed on NH-8 for the traffic coming from Dhaula Kuan and headed to Gurgaon.


“Giving right turn at the expressway would have hampered the traffic movement, a flyover was proposed so that traffic can turn right and go straight to Dwarka road, without affecting the vehicle flow on an expressway. The flyover will start soon after the Mahipalpur flyover,” the official said.

However, AAI has suggested some changes as flyover is close to the runway and the point where planes descend onto the runway.

The second underpass, which would be 800 meters long, will help commuters coming from Dwarka and headed to Gurgaon. Currently, they have to go towards Delhi and take a U-turn.

“This underpass will start from UER-II and will pass under the expressway and then merge with the NH-8 towards Gurgaon. So, the traffic from Dwarka to Vasant Kunj can take the first underpass and those wanting to go to Gurgaon can take the second underpass. While the first underpass will cater to traffic from both sides, the other two projects are for one-way traffic,” the official said.

After necessary approvals, the proposal will be placed before the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) before construction could start. The project will require at least 2-3 years to be made.

The Delhi government has also finalized the proposal of an underpass between Vasant Kunj and the airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given its go-ahead for the project, which the Public Works Department (PWD) hopes to complete before the end of 2019.

Apart from an underpass at National Highway 8, a flyover at the Vasant Kunj side and a flyover at the airport side has also been proposed, which will also cut travel time by 30 minutes.


Dwarka e-way jumps Delhi land hurdle


GURUGRAM: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has started the land acquisition process to construct the incomplete portion of the Dwarka expressway in Delhi that has held up this link between Gurgaon and the national capital for years.

To ensure acquisition of land does not face any hurdle, it has issued the notification under the NHAI Act, citing national interest. “Acquisition of land under the NHAI Act is relatively easy,” said an NHAI official. The acquisition process is likely to be completed in the next few months.

Notification 3(a) of NHAI Act 1956 for acquisition of land for completing Delhi portion of Dwarka expressway has already been issued. Section 3(A) notification is under verification of Competent Authority Land Acquisition (CALA),” said NHAI in reply to an RTI query filed by Sameer Singh. Singh had asked for the status of land acquisition in the Delhi part of the Dwarka expressway.

The Dwarka expressway was envisaged 10 years ago and was to be ready before the Commonwealth Games 2010. The 27km long road has an 18 km stretch in Gurgaon and 9km in Delhi. It has already missed six deadlines.
A detailed project report (DPR) for the portion of Dwarka expressway to be built in Delhi is being prepared by the NHAI through consultant AECOM. “A concerted effort is being made by the NHAI, Haryana and Delhi governments for expeditious completion of the project,” said the official.

Singh said, “A lot of confusion prevails in the minds of most, since Dwarka expressway is expected to cater to the extra traffic. The existing road will not be able to handle that once the new diplomatic enclave (in Dwarka) and Bijwasan railway station come up. To provide connectivity to Dwarka expressway from the Delhi side, around 10 acres of land need to be acquired, that too farmland. The rest is already with DDA.”

The NHAI official said the Delhi government has agreed to transfer land for construction of the highway. “We have notified the land acquisition procedure and it is likely that the land will be acquired in the next six months. Apart from the road, the NHAI will also build roadside amenities and border posts for which too the land is needed,” he said.


Underpass at Gurgaon’s Signature Tower to Declog Expressway


National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has begun the first of the three-phase construction of the underpass at the junction, that connects the highway with Huda City Centre.

GURUGRAM: Construction on the two-way, four-lane underpass on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway at Signature Tower junction, began earlier this month. It will connect the new and old Gurgaon and is expected to decongest the busy junction.

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has begun the first of the three-phase construction of the underpass at the junction, that connects the highway with Huda City Centre. This phase involves widening the road. The tunnel will be dug in the second phase, and the construction of the underpass will be the final stage.

On the Delhi-Jaipur side, the expressway will be widened between Gymkhana Club and the service roads near Iffco Chowk and DLF Star Mall. On the Jaipur-Delhi stretch, the widening will take place between Maharana Pratap Chowk up to the service lanes at the 32nd Milestone hotel and Iffco Chowk. The carriageways need to be widened as the four-lane underpass will require extra road on the sides for the traffic to exit to and from the highway. Only those vehicles which want to cross the expressway between old and new Gurgaon will use the underpass.

It will start from near Huda City Centre and end near Maharana Pratap Chowk on old Delhi-Gurgaon road. The tunnel will bifurcate between HeroMotoCorp Traffic Safety Park and Management Development Institute.

The project’s highlight includes a track for non-motorised transport, such as bicycles, and for pedestrians. “It is going to cost Rs 200 crore. This is the first of three junctions — Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Signature Towers — where underpasses have been sanctioned,” said Ashok Sharma, project director, NHAI.