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Dwarka expressway: land for 8-km stretch transferred

December 06, 2018 06:08 AM


Abhishek Behl ■
Dwarka expressway: land for 8-km stretch transferred
SEGMENT FOUR Section comprises an elevated stretch and land for central peripheral road (CPR)
GURUGRAM: To ensure that construction of the much delayed Dwarka expressway starts early, the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), earlier Huda, on Tuesday transferred the land from Basai rail over bridge (ROB) up to National Highway 48 for construction of the fourth segment of the project to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The 7.9-km section of the project comprises an eight-lane elevated stretch, a trumpet interchange to connect it with Delhigurugram expressway and a cloverleaf interchange with NH8SPR (Southern Peripheral Road) intersection. This segment also includes a 3.2-km stretch called central peripheral road (CPR).

On November 29, the HSVP had transferred the land between Basai ROB and Haryana border to the NHAI paving the way for construction of the segment three of the expressway, also known as Northern Peripheral Road. With this transfer, the work on both the stretches will be started simultaneously. A private concessionaire has been awarded contract for the purpose.

The Dwarka expressway project has been divided into four phases -- two in Gurugram, which have been cleared and two in Delhi, which are stuck for want of permissions from government there.

“The stretch between Basai ROB and till NH-8 was transferred to NHAI so that the work on the road can start at the earliest. A survey was conducted and after that it was decided to hand over the land,” said Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator, HSVP, Gurugram.

Khare said that the stretch of 7.37 km was being handed over and a small portion of land, which is owned by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation (HSIIDC), would be handed over separately. According to a handing/takeover note prepared by HSVP, parts of this 7.37-km stretch transferred on Tuesday, which have hindrances like trees, or any other construction, shall be cleared by HSVP and handed over to NHAI within 30 days.

The fourth segment will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,047 crore and the completion period is two years. The contractor L&T has to maintain it for four years. Under the segment, a bridge would be widened and additional road over bridges constructed. Besides, five village underpasses and six bus bays will be erected. The contractor will also improve four existing junctions as per the contract, said NHAI officials. This section also has a proposal of one trumpet interchange for providing connectivity to proposed Global City in Sector 36-B.

The four segments of the project are -- 5-km stretch from Shiv Murti to Dwarka road under bridge (RUB), second of 4.5 km from RUB to Haryana border, third of 10.2 km from Haryana border to Basai ROB, and fourth segment of 7.9-km from Basai ROB to NH-8 – SPR intersection. The third and fourth segments of the project will cost Rs1,333 crore and Rs1,047 crore, respectively, officials said. The total length of the Dwarka expressway is 29 km, of which 18.9 km is in Gurugram and the rest in Delhi.

Due to legal obstacles, the project that was to be completed in 2010 has been delayed by almost eight years and missed several deadlines as plot owners in New Palam Vihar, Bajghera and Kherki Daula approached the court for relief. It was only after a protracted legal battle that a settlement was arrived between HSVP and the petitioners, who were given alternative plots and compensation in lieu of their acquired properties irrespective of the fact whether they had original registries or power of attorney or a sale deed.

Due to the long delays, the Haryana government in 2016 decided to hand over this project to NHAI and the proposal was approved by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari

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