At a high-level meeting between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday, Union minister for roads and highways Nitin Gadkari directed NHAI to start work on the Haryana leg of the Dwarka expressway by the end of this month.
HTARCHIVENHAI has been asked to start construction of the 29km highway connecting Shiv Murti and NH48 near Kherki Dauala.A senior official in the Gurugram administration, privy to the development, confirmed that the work is likely to begin soon. “The NHAI has informed the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) that construction of the Dwarka expressway is to begin soon, and that letters will be sent to contractors by the end of this week,” the official said.
While there is still no clarity on when the GMDA and HSVP will transfer the land for the expressway — extending from the Delhigurugram to Basai rail over bridge, and a smaller 600-metre parcel of land between the Northern and Southern Peripheral Roads — to the NHAI, the latter has been informed to start construction of the 29km highway connecting Shiv Murti, Mahipalpur, in Delhi to National Highway-48 near Kherki Daula in Gurugram. A total of 18km of the expressway — from New Palam Vihar to Kherki Daula — falls in Gurugram.
Although the NHAI took over the project in August 2016, construction work could not be carried out due to land litigation hurdles, with residents of Gurugram’s New Palam Vihar and Kherki Daula opposing the expressway as their homes and lands were in its alignment.
This litigation concluded in June 2018, opening up an opportunity for the NHAI to start work.
“On Gadkari’s instruction, we will begin the process at the earliest,” a senior NHAI official said, adding that he was not authorised to comment beyond this.
The expressway has been a priority for Gadkari and the MORTH as it promises to relieve traffic on NH48 and also bring relief to tens of thousands of homebuyers who have booked their flats in the residential projects located along its route (in sectors 81 to 115).
Gadkari had, after the conclusion of the high-level meeting, tweeted, “This expressway is very important for Delhi. Completion of this will provide relief from the problem of pollution and traffic jams,” and, “The progress of the construction work was reviewed. All issues related to the project were discussed in detail and it was instructed that work should start in October.”
Prakhar Sahay, joint secretary of the DXP welfare association, said, “We will meet NHAI and MORTH officials in the coming days to get an update.”