Much-Delayed Dwarka Expressway Is Nearing Completion
Also known as Dwarka Expressway, the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) is an ambitious 29-kilometre road project linking Delhi to the Gurgaon in the National Capital Region (NCR). It is an under-construction controlled-access highway which was granted the status of a national highway in March 2016, under the ambit of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Since “all obstacles have been removed”, the 29-kilometre Dwarka Expressway could be ready in another one-and-a-half year, says Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority Chief Executive Officer V Umashankar. The project, aimed at decongesting the Delhi-Gurgaon highway, was stuck owing to land acquisition issues at New Palam Vihar and Kherki Daula.
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This new corridor will offer seamless connectivity between the two cities and decongest the traffic, besides bolstering real estate opportunities in the surrounding localities.
- Length: Dwarka Expressway is planned from Shiv Murti, Mahipalpur, 20-km from NH 48 and will finally join Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, in Gurugram. Around 18-km of the total stretch will fall in Gurgaon while the rest in Delhi. There will be a 3-lane service road on either side.
- Cost: The entire project will be implemented in five packages by the NHAI at an estimated cost of Rs 7,500 crore. One of the five packages of the project has been awarded to construction giant, Larson and Toubro (L&T), by the NHAI. The construction of the stretch from Basai RoB to NH 8 - SPR intersection in Haryana, as part of a package costing Rs 1,047 crore, will be done through EPC (engineering, construction and procurement) mode, under the Bharatmala project.
- Elevated Road: About 23-km of the e-way will be an elevated stretch which will also cover two railway over-bridges (ROBs). It will merge with the surface road for entry and exit purposes only. Scope for some multi-level interchanges at major intersections are being discussed, for monitoring traffic, incident-management and toll collection.
- Safety features: The expressway will have state-of-the-art safety features for the commuters. It will be fenced on both sides to prevent cattle intrusion and reduce chances of accidents. HUDA has proposed the fencing of the e-way at a cost of Rs 9.42 crore. Speed-breakers will be situated at five locations viz. Dhanwapur, Daulatabad, Basai, Pataudi Road and Harsaru.
- High-speed connectivity: Presently, the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on NH-48 is burdened with heavy traffic of over 3 lakh passenger car units (PCUs) per day. The NPR is expected to not only ease that load but also offer faster and smooth connectivity. The NHAI has specified the speed limit of 80 kmph on the expressway.
- Related developments: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has plans to link the Hindon Elevated Road with the NPR. It is, thus, eyeing an area of land in Shahpur village to develop a link road spanning 5 km. Commuters going towards Delhi can access the expressway through Loni. NHAI is considering plans to link the NPR with IGI Airport via a 4-km tunnel road from the upcoming 90-hectares ECC at Sector 25 in Dwarka. Moreover, the NHAI has proposed a number of flyovers along the route for smooth traffic. A cloverleaf from the Connecting Peripheral Road (CPR) to NPR will also be constructed.
A long wait for many
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had faced many hurdles in clearing up the land for starting the project. This included areas like Chauma, New Palam Vihar and Kherki Daula which were earlier occupied by the over 568 oustees who had applied for alternative plots under the final terms of the settlement (FTS) of 2015 prepared under the supervision of Punjab and Haryana high court. Around 212 oustees were identified as eligible for rehabilitation. HUDA had handed over allotment letters to 148 of them in Sector 110A and Sector 37C. Nearly 61 oustees in New Palam Vihar were also given the allotment letters of plots.
Around 24 hectares of land in Bijwasan and Bamnoli areas of Delhi was required to complete the portion which falls in the national capital. The authority is required to construct 1-km stretch of the highway in New Palam Vihar and a 400-metre stretch in Kherki Daula village to complete the Gurgaon portion of the road. Close to 14.5-km of the total length of the NPR has been completed. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is planning to acquire nearly 13 hectares of land for the CPR and cloverleaf.
The launch of the expressway, included in the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex 2031, had given rise to a real estate hotspot in the NCR. Legal issues had led to project delays and flung a huge spanner in the works. This also brought the hopes and aspirations of thousands of eager home-seekers, who had already invested in properties in Dwarka Expressway, to a standstill. Several homebuyers have raised their voices while demanding completion of the projects. As things are settling down, the progress is set to pick up pace.