Huda razes all residences obstructing e-way project

The encumbrance ­free land at New Palam Vihar will be handed over to NHAI for constructing the remaining 1.4km of Dwarka Expressway


The space was cleared after a fortnight­long demolition drive that faced resistance from some of the house owners.

The space was cleared after a fortnight-long demolition drive that faced resistance from some of the house owners.The Huda enforcement wing inspected the area on Tuesday.

HS Jakhar, sub-divisional officer (SDO), Huda enforcement, said, “Road construction on the remaining 1.4 kilometre stretch is underway. Presently, soil filling work is on. All 69 houses were removed successfully by our officials in the last fortnight.”

“We must thank the owners of these dwelling units for their proactive approach — removing their construction malba (waste) on their own. All of these 69 houses had sale deeds,” he added.

“There are nearly 30 more houses with general power of attorney (GPA) that we have not been able to remove due to court cases. The matter of the GPA houses is pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court. The next hearing is on April 24. The Huda has to transfer land to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which will start the construction of the proposed elevated road on the NPR,” said Jakhar.

The Huda transferred the NPR to the NHAI in October 2016.By that time, the Huda had built 16.6 kilometres of the 18-kilometre-long NPR between the New Delhi-gurugram border near Dwarka and the national highway (NH) near Kherki Daula toll in Gurugram.

After the NHAI took over the NPR, the alignment was extended from the border to Shivmurti, NH, Mahipalpur, with a total length of 28 kilometres, on which the NHAI proposed a 23-kilometre-long elevated road.

After the NHAI took over the construction of the expressway, it also demanded the handover of encumbrance-free land in the remaining 1.4 kilometre stretch at New Palam Vihar to start the construction.

“There are over 200 houses with GPA, the plots or land, which fall in the NPR alignment. The matter is in the high court and until it is in litigation, the Huda cannot claim to have taken custody of the total land in the NPR alignment,” said Pravin Kumar, an oustee.

“The Huda has failed to provide sewer, water, roads and electricity in Sector 110A, where it has allotted alternative plots to oustees. The Huda has committed a mistake by demolishing our houses,” he added.

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Dwarka expressway: 23km stretch planned as elevated section

Elevated road will merge with surface road for entry and exit only; two tolls proposed Of the total road length of 29km of the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), which is crucial to decongesting the Gurgaon and New Delhi and offering hassle-free commute to long distance travellers, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to make 23km elevated.


“In addition to the two railway overbridges (ROBs) on the entire stretch from Shiv Murti on NH-48 to a spot near the Kherki Daula Toll, 23.12km of the road will be elevated. The elevated road will merge with the surface road for entry and exit purposes only. The purpose of the elevated road is to provide hassle-free commute to distant commuters,” said Udeep Singhal, NHAI project director for the NPR.

The NPR, which is more popularly known as the Dwarka Expressway, is crucial to offering high speed connectivity to commercial vehicles that form a large chunk of the traffic that is forced to cut through the Delhi city to access other states.

The expressway will start from Shiv Murti near Mahipalpur in New Delhi and end on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway near Kherki Daula Toll. Of the 29km stretch, nearly 23km would be elevated including two railway over bridges (RoBs), one of which has been constructed in Basai.

“The Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on NH-48 is a part of the Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) stretch, is presently carrying traffic of over 3 lakh passenger car units (PCUs) per day, which is much the beyond design capacity of this eight-lane highway leading to severe congestion. An alternate expressway will provide relief from this congestion,” an NHAI official close to the project said seeking anonymity.

The NHAI official said that the Expressway is also proposed to provide connectivity to IGI Airport from Dwarka. In addition, it would provide direct access via a tunnel to the upcoming 90-hectares ECC in Dwarka, Sector 25.

The official added that land is being acquired in Delhi to start construction of the Dwarka Expressway in April.

In 2007-08, the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) had conceived the NPR as an 18-km road as part of the master plan, ‘Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex 2031’, while carving out new Sectors 81 to 115. The road was planned from New Palam Vihar near Delhi border to near Kherki Daula Toll.

The purpose of the NPR was to provide an alternate route to the Indira Gandhi International Airport and improve connectivity of Gurgaon and Delhi via Dwarka.

In 2011, Huda awarded construction tender to JSR Construction Pvt Ltd and Indiabulls Construction Limited with a completion time of March 31, 2012.

By 2015, the Huda completed 16.6km in Gurgaon, but the work never began in Delhi due to land acquisition issues. Remaining 1.4km stretch in Gurgaon also got stuck due to litigation.

In October 2016, the Haryana government handed over the NPR to the NHAI after which the authority re-conceived it as a 29-km elevated expressway.

“Hurdles are almost cleared and foundation stone for construction of the expressway is to be laid for sure. The expressway is an urgent requirement of the two cities to decongest NH-48 and improve intra-city connectivity. The perennial traffic jam Kherki Daula, Sirhaul, Rajokri flyover, Link Road, and Shivmurti, all will become smooth. The project has been delayed due to land litigation in New Palam Vihar. Now, litigation is at its end. Soon, Huda will hand over the land to NHAI,” said Union minister of state and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh.

Chander Shekhar Khare, Huda (Gurgaon) administrator, said, “We have almost demolished all structures falling in alignment of the NPR in New Palam Vihar and we will handover the land soon to NHAI.”

Though the NHAI awarded the construction work to two contractors last week, many homebuyers who invested in sectors along the NPR, remain unsure.

“The NHAI official has told us repeatedly that encumbrance-free land is required to start construction. So till stay (from Punjab and Haryana high court) is in force, we do not believe work would start,” said Prakhar Sahay, a homebuyer.

Box: NPR: Then and now

A timeline of how the Dwarka Expressway project developed into the 29-km stretch that it is today

2007: The Haryana urban development authority (Huda) conceives the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) project, more popularly known as the Dwarka Expressway, as a bypass of the NH-8 (now NH-48)

2010: Oustees move Punjab and Haryana High Court. Matter related to GPA/SPA holders still pending before court

2011: Huda awards the construction work to JSR and Indiabulls, with April, 2012, as the completion deadline

2014: 16.6 kms of the total road length is complete, work on a 1.4-km long portion gets stuck due to litigation over acquired land

2016, October: Huda hands over the project to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

2018: The NHAI now plans to develop 25km of the expressway as elevated road which would meet the surface at various points to allow for entry and exit. Multi-level interchanges have been proposed at major intersections to monitor traffic movement, for incident-management and toll collection

April 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to lay the foundation stone for the revised project

18km initial road length as planned by Huda

29km road length as revised by NHAI. The road starts from Shivmurti at Mahipalpur (NH-48) in New Delhi to a spot near the Kherki Daula toll (Toll 42)

18.9km road length in Haryana

10.1km road length in Delhi

2 No. of tolls on the road

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Dwarka E-Way Connector to Get Extra Lanes

GURUGRAM: MCG will be converting the stretch connecting Daulatabad flyover and Dwarka expressway into a four-lane road to ease traffic congestion on the route. The move will bring relief to hundreds of residents living in sectors along the expressway and areas such as Rajinder Park and Daulatabad.

Dwarka Expressway Four lane road

dwarka expressway four-lane road

“This junction has always faced problems in terms of traffic congestion during peak hours. We have often received complaints regarding the traffic mess at this point and hence, we are making some changes in order to cut down on the snarls on the route,” a senior MCG official told TOI on Saturday.

According to officials, the tendering process for the work has started and an estimated Rs 4.5 crore has been sanctioned by Chandigarh for the project.

The work on the project is expected to be completed in the coming year. There is a one km stretch between Daulatabad flyover and Dwarka Expressway. The widening of this stretch will be a big relief to people living in the new sectors along the expressway, including sectors 109, 110, 103 and 106, since in the absence of another approach road, they take this route.dwarka xway latest news

“The area has a lot of societies and there are no proper roads and the approach from Daulatabad is almost always congested. The road widening project would bring some relief for the people living in the area,” said Sushil Kumar, a resident of Sector 109.
Additionally, the service lanes along the Daulatabad flyover will also be widened to streamline the traffic under the flyover.

A slip road will also be built near the entry point of the flyover that will take the traffic directly from Daulatabad to Rajinder Park residential area.

“The widening of the service lane and construction of the slip road will benefit residents in areas such as Rajinder Park, Vishnu Garden, Mahalakshmi Garden, Jai Vihar and Daulatabad Industrial Area,” said another MCG official.

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NHAI speeds up land acquisition for Delhi part of Dwarka expressway

To speed up the construction of the Dwarka-Gurgaon expressway, the highways authority has started acquiring 10 hectares in Delhi from private owners.

A meeting in this regard was held on Wednesday and officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) discussed the transfer of land with Delhi officials.

Most of the land required in Delhi is owned by the public works department (PWD), which has to transfer it to NHAI.

Land for the Gurgaon side of the expressway has already been acquired and approximately 14 km of the 18 km in Gurgaon is ready.

NHAI project Director Ashok Sharma said the Delhi government has agreed to transfer the land for the 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 to the land is needed,” he said.

In a recent meeting, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) also assured the NHAI that all issues pertaining to rehabilitation of those ousted for the road will be resolved in the next four months.

However, given the legal challenges being faced by Huda from land owners, it remains to be seen whether the authority would be able to deliver on this promise.

In Gurgaon, the construction of Dwarka expressway is stuck as landowners approached the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2008 for rehabilitation. In May last year, the HC directed the government to give plots and compensation to the evictees in six to nine months. However, the Huda could not do this as there was no land available.

Sharma said by the time the Huda transfers the road to them, they will prepare a detailed project report to complete the Delhi section. “We are committed to delivering the road,” he said.

The proposed 150-metre wide Dwarka-Palam Vihar link or Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) connecting Dwarka and NH-8 in Gurgaon has envisaged 10 years ago and was to be ready before Commonwealth Games 2010. The road has already missed six deadlines.