Dwarka expressway gets National Highway status

With this notification NHAI has also specified the speed limit of 80kmph on Dwarka Expressway, once completed the road will emerge as an alternate route between Delhi-Gurgaon

GURUGRAM: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) finally issued notification granting national highway status to 28 km long Dwarka Expressway starting from Shiv Murti in Delhi to Kherki Daula in Gurugram. The notification has come after over a year of an announcement made by Union minister Nitin Gadkari to grant NH status to the expressway.

With this notification NHAI has also specified the speed limit of 80kmph on Dwarka Expressway, once completed the road will emerge as an alternate route between Delhi-Gurgaon and it is expected to reduce the traffic load on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. The move is also expected to expedite the completion of this much-delayed project.

Following the request of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar during Global Investor Summit in March 2016 union minister has announced to give NH status to the road. Later in May 2016, MoRTH has given in-principal approval to Dwarka Expressway, now finally NHAI has issued the notification in this regard.

Developers are excited about the development. “We welcome the move as this will allow a positive drift in the momentum for Gurugram’s real estate market. NH status will boost infrastructure development of the area and likely to promote investment in new Gurugram,” said the director of Mapsko, Rahul Singla.

Terming it a landmark development, official spokesperson of Emaar India, said, “Expressway has great potential due to its proximity to international airport, NH8, and SPR.”

According to notification 28 km long Dwarka Expressway starts from Shiv Murti in Delhi on NH-8 passes through UER-II (parallel to Terminal-3 of Delhi Airport) up to Barthal Chowk (junction of Sector 25-26 Dwarka) then it will take left turn and go straight up to Kherki Daula in Gurugram and it culminates on NH-8, around one km before Khrki Daula toll plaza at SPR, CPR junction.

The 18.1 km stretch of the road is in Gurugram and rest in Delhi. In Gurugram only, around 1.4 km stretch in New Palam Vihar (around 1 km) and Kherki Daula village (around 400 meter) needs to be constructed. While in Delhi 6.5 km stretch from Shiv Murti to Bharthal Chowk is part of UER-II (no need for construction) and remaining 3.4 km stretch from Bharthal Chowk (junction of Dwarka sector 25-26) to Delhi-Haryana border needs to be constructed.

According to NHAI official for this 3.4 km stretch in Delhi, the authority has started land acquisition for 2.1 km stretch. Rest of the land is under DDA, which will be handed over to NHAI. “NHAI has started land acquisition process in Village Bamnauli and Bijawan. The total of around 24 hectares of land will be acquired to complete the Delhi portion of the expressway,” said the official.

The horizontal alignment of the road is designed for 80 kmph speed in general. The main carriageway is proposed to be of 8-lane with 3-lane service road on either side. At the intersections, flyover has been proposed. In order to avoid the traffic jam in future at crossing and junctions, NHAI will construct the underpass at such spots. “All the major crossroad including existing and proposed master road of sectors are supposed to have 4-lane underpasses for smooth movement of traffic,” said the official.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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