DELAY IN COMPLETION OF THE EWAY HAS HELD UP WORK ON BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS WATER AND SEWAGE IN UPCOMING PROJECTSall
GURUGRAM: Homebuyers in projects along the Dwarka Expressway, expressing unhappiness over the delay in getting possession of their flats, have asked officials of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to expedite transfer of the main carriageway to the highways authority.
HT ARCHIVE■ After getting the possession of the expressway, the NHAI has to construct an elevated road.Homebuyers said that the delay in completing works pertaining to the expressway has held up the housing projects, as many plots were in litigation and it had also delayed installation of basic infrastructure such as sewer and water lines.
The Dwarka Expressway or the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) is already running five to six years behind schedule, due to delays in resolving various land litigations by the local authorities.
The homebuyers, under the umbrella of Dxp welfare association, held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue.
There are about 150 projects along the expressway, in which partial possession has been given in 50 projects by the developers.
To complete the project, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has to award the work of constructing an elevated road on the expressway.
Homebuyers said that the GMDA is yet to transfer the carriageway to the NHAI and they do not know the reason for the delay.
“We met Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) administrator Chander Shekhar Khare on Monday. We did not know that the HSVP had transferred the carriageway to GMDA in July and now, the GMDA has to transfer it to the NHAI. We fail to understand reason for the delay when all land litigations on the expressway are over,” said Gaurav Prakash, a member of the Dxp welfare association, adding that association has sought an appointment with GMDA CEO V Umashankar.
“The delay in completing the NPR has delayed the installation of civic infrastructure such as water, sewer, etc, in the areas. This has become a standard excuse for developers to delay possession of flats in incomplete projects. We are the real sufferers on account of the delay,” said Manish Suman, a member of the association.
Members of the association claimed that the authorities (HSVP/GMDA) were supposed to transfer the carriageway to the NHAI in July.
“We have been meeting HSVP, GMDA, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh, MORTH minister Nitin Gadkari and others to expedite the construction of the expressway at the earliest. The NHAI’S construction of an elevated road is yet to start and it will take two more years at least,” said Prakhar Sahay, an association member.
It is to be noted that the Haryana government had announced the NPR’S transfer to NHAI from HSVP in October 2016.
Udeep Singhal, the NHAI’S project director concerned, said, “We have not yet awarded work to the contractor to start construction of an elevated road. The expressway is yet to be handed over to us.”
The expressway spans 29 kilometres and connects Shivmurti, near Mahipalpur on National Highway 48 in Delhi, to a point one kilometre from the Kherki Daula toll plaza, on the same road.
“I am not aware of the reasons for delay in the land transfer to the NHAI,” said MR Sharma, chief engineer, GMDA.
Gurugram’s member of Parliament and Union minister of state, Rao Inderjit Singh, said, “I will speak to the GMDA in this regard. This is a prime project, which needs to be completed at the earliest.”