HUDA INVITES APPLICATIONS FROM OUSTEES TO ALLOT PLOTS

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to settle all oustee claims, the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) will be inviting applications from oustees for allotment of plots by the month-end. The applications will be invited through advertisements.

J Ganesan, chief administrator, Huda, said, “We are in the process of collecting all the details regarding the plots available, and the oustee numbers in each of our estate offices. As soon as this information is ready we will issue advertisements inviting application from the oustees for allotment of plots. We expect the entire process to be completed in a month.”

Oustees are people whose lands have been acquired in lieu of allotment of plots, in addition to the compensation received under the Land Acquisition Act.

The scheme will be exclusively for the oustees.

Following the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, Huda will allot plots in a sector to the oustees before the general applicants.

Settling several contentious issues regarding the oustees’ plot allotments, the HC had earlier directed that if there are any unallotted plots in a sector in the state, they would henceforth be first allotted to the oustees to the extent of reservation in their favour and only thereafter be allotted to the general applicants.

The HC had also stated that to get a plot under the oustees’ quota, such a person has to apply for the plot and he would not be automatically entitled for allotment of plot without any application.

In line with the HC order, Huda estate offices will invite application from the oustees. A screening committee headed by administrator, for each estate office, will examine the applications submitted.

Allotment of plots will be made as per the current price. The price will be calculated as per the Huda formula.

Allotment of plots to oustees has long been a contentious issue with many approaching courts against policies in place.

Source : http://paper.hindustantimes.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

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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.

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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.

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India’s Eastern Peripheral Expressway boasts of many firsts, to be ready within 500 days

NEW DELHI/KUNDLI: The Eastern Peripheral Expressway — which is expected to provide major relief to Delhi from vehicular pollution — is set to be completed in a record time of 500 days as against a sanctioned target of 910 days, NHAI officials said.

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The 135-km Expressway will boast of many firsts including a closed tolling system in which toll will be collected only on the distance travelled and not on the entire length, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Chief General Engineer ..

There will also be provision for electronic collection of toll to ensure disruption-free movement of traffic.

“Apart from that, we have also installed weigh-in motion sensors on all entry points which will ensure that over-loaded vehicles are not allowed to enter the Expressway,” he said.

Normally, weigh-in motion sensors are installed — if at all they are — at toll plazas when it is not possible to send the vehicles back. But here, the sensors are installed at all entry points with two gates — one leading to the Expressway and the other redirecting the vehicle if it is over-loaded.

“We have also made provision for parking of overloaded trucks where they can unload some of the cargo to satisfy the weight criteria and then move to the Expressway. This is the first expe ..

To check speeding, cameras have been put up every two kilometres.

“Over-speeding vehicles will be issued the challan at the toll plaza and the challan amount would be added to the total toll amount. This will be a great deterrent to over-speeding,” Singla said.

While some work is still to be completed on the expressway which connects Palwal with Kundli bypassing Delhi, the Expressway is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 29.

All NHAI officers that the IANS spoke to expressed confidence in completing the pending work by then.

NHAI Member (Public Private Partnership) Neeraj Verma said the Expressway will reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR by around 27 to 28 per cent according to a study.

“Also, we have made it a green highway with solar panels installed at various locations which will provide power to illuminate the underpasses below the Expressway,” he said.

Also, there are eight solar power plants along the Expressway having a capacity of 4,000 kilowatt. These plants will supply power to the grid and the amenities on the Expressway will take power from the same grid.

“So in effect we will produce the power that we consume and will have zero operating cost as far as power is concerned,” Verma said.

He added that 33 per cent of the earth work on the highway was done using fly ash from coal power plants thereby compounding its contribution to reducing pollution.

Singla added that while Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari had ordered him and other officers to complete the work in 400 days as against the sanctioned target of 910 days, the team was able to finish the work in a record time of around 500 days despite several technical and other hurdles.

Gadkari’s close aide Vaibhav Dange said this was achieved because of the personal interest Gadkari took in the project which also led to fast clearances.

“Every bill of the contractors was paid within 24 hours. Extra manpower was deployed and work was done day and night to complete this project in the record time,” he said.

“And it is not just about completing this in lesser number of days. It’s about the change in the attitude where now every stakeholder believes that it can be done,” he added.

The 135-km six-lane access-controlled Expressway is built at a cost of around Rs 11,000 crore and will help decongest the national capital.

Source : https://bit.ly/2Fbd9Pu