The Dwarka expressway project will be handed over to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), with the Centre giving ‘national highway’ status to the high-speed corridor.
Union highways and road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had given in-principal approval to convert Dwarka Expressway into a national highway, during the Happening Haryana summit in March.
Sources said a meeting was held recently between Huda and NHAI officials, where the urban development authority has promised to hand over the land on the Gurgaon side of the expressway to NHAI after resolving all the pending obstacles, mainly the rehabilitation of oustees, within the next four months.
“We are working to rehabilitate oustees at the earliest by allotting them alternative plots in sectors 110A and 37C. Issues related to acquisition of land in Sector 110A will also be resolved soon. The land owners of the sector have agreed for land pooling before the Punjab and Haryana high court,” a senior Huda official told TOI on Wednesday.
The Dwarka Expressway, which was conceived over eight years ago, will cover a 27.9km stretch between Dwarka in Delhi and NH-8 in Gurgaon.
It will start from Shiv Murti on NH-8 in Delhi and end a kilometre before Kherki Daula on NH-8. Of its 27.9 km, 18km will be in Gurgaon.
But so far, Huda has managed to complete the construction on the 14.33km stretch only. The construction is held up in the remaining stretch on the Gurgaon side as the urban development authority has not been able to allot alternative plots to some 560 land owners at New Palam Vihar, Tekchand Nagar and Kerki Dhaula, who had been ousted.
A draw of lot to allot alternative plots to oustees was cancelled twice in absence of availability of land free from litigation.
The handover of the road to the NHAI is likely to help in early completion of the project and it will also benefit the real estate sector in that area. In the past eight years, more than 110 builders have launched over 150 projects in the area. Many people have already got the possession of their flats but they are facing problem of due to delay in completion of the expressway.
Pawan Mishra, one of the homebuyers along the under-construction Dwarka Expressway, said they doubt that Huda would be able to hand over the project to NHAI in four months’ time.
“They are promising to settle the issues of oustees for the last one-and-a-half years, but nothing has changed on ground,” he said.
Source: ET Realty