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.

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Dwarka Manesar e-way construction to restart soon; HUDA, land owners settle dispute

Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday finalized the settlement between land and homeowners in the two kilometer stretch in the middle of the 18-kilometer expressway and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

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NEW DELHI: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has cleared the way for the completion of the Dwarka-Manesar Expressway in Gurgaon which had been held up because of land acquisition issues.

The court today finalized the settlement between land and homeowners in the two kilometer stretch in the middle of the 18-kilometer expressway and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). About 700 people whose homes and lands came in the way of the expressway had contested acquisition of the land. Negotiations between the owners and the authority had been on for the last four months.

Of the 15 writ petitions that have been filed, 11 that pertain to the New Palam Vihar colony have been disposed off while others related to a 200 meter stretch at the edge of the expressway close to NH8 and some others will be heard by the two-judge bench of justices SK Mittal and HS Sidhu next week.

The petitioners and the HUDA have come to a settlement whereby the homeowners will get alternative land close by, in sectors 110A and 37C of Gurgaon, as well as compensation to rebuild their homes.

“The settlement is very favourable to the land owners as they get larger sized plots, opportunity to pay for the extra land in eight years over eight interest free installments and also money for construction for those whose houses were already constructed,” said Shailendra Jain, senior advocate who was the counsel for all the petitioners in the case.

Amar Vivek, additional advocate general for Haryana who was representing the state of Haryana and HUDAsaid that possession of vacant land has been given to the authority today and construction of the expressway can start immediately.

This settlement is significant because around 40,000 apartments are being built in residential projects along the expressway and some of them have been completed as well but their access was restricted because the road which was being built by Indiabulls Construction since 2011 was not completed in time.

Homeowners in New Palam Vihar have been given time till January 31, 2016, to vacate their homes. In this period their new lands will be handed over to them and they can start construction if they wish.

Residential and commercial office sales in this area were badly impacted as there was uncertainty around the road for a long time. The 40,000 home buyers will now be relieved,” said Arjun Puri, managing director of Puri Constructions, which is building apartments along the expressway.

The 18-km long Northern Peripheral Road or Dwarka-Manesar Expressway as it is popularly known is being developed as an alternative link between Delhi and Gurgaon. Over the years, around 100 residential developments were launched in the stretch with close to 40,000 apartments.

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