Much-Delayed Dwarka Expressway Is Nearing Completion
Work on the Dwarka Expressway, formally known as the Northern Peripheral Road, might finally start. Since major hurdles are clear, the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) would now complete the mutation process of an 18-km land stretch in favour of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). The GMDA would also transfer a 90-metre stretch to the NHAI for construction of the elevated stretch.
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: The 29-kilometre Dwarka Expressway is planned from Mahipalpur to Kherki Daula Toll Plaza. Around 18-km of the total stretch will fall in Gurgaon while the remaining in Delhi. There will be a three-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.
- 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.
- High-speed connectivity: Currently, the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on the NH-48 is burdened with heavy traffic of over three lakh passenger car units (PCUs) per day. The Dwarka Expressway 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.