Dwarka Expressway gets high court stamp

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2015 21:01 IST

The northern periphery road (NPR), also known as Dwarka Expressway, connecting Dwarka with National Highway-8 got the Punjab and Haryana high court stamp on Friday.

The high court division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu dismissed the remaining five petitions filed by the affected parties challenging land acquisition for the 18-km-long and 150-metre-wide road.

Conceived in 2007, the road cutting through residential blocks was sanctioned to decongest the snarl-plagued Gurgaon Expressway. The road will allow traffic from the Jaipur side to skip the Gurgaon Expressway and head straight towards Dwarka and Indira Gandhi International Airport.

A 16-km stretch was ready and the work on the remaining 2-km section was initiated following a May 2015 order whereby stay on the construction of the stretch was vacated by the high court. The high court order had come following the government's submissions that a good number of petitioners had accepted its rehabilitation plan.

The remaining five petitions dismissed on Friday are those of nearly 100 families and a few industrial units of Kherki Daula village, also part of this remaining 2-km road, who had turned down the government's rehabilitation offer in May.

These petitioners had argued that alignment was changed by the government and sought modifications in it. They had also argued that land was acquired by invoking urgency provisions, which was not a case anymore.

On the other hand, the Haryana government had argued that other projects had been planned keeping in mind the alignment of the road. Hence, at this stage, it would not be possible to make amendments, additional advocate general Amar Vivek said.

Though a detailed order is awaited, the court dismissed the petitions while rejecting their contentions, he added. As of the rehabilitation package to these families, Vivek said: "In spite of the court orders, if they accept the rehabilitation plan in next 10-15 days, the government is ready for a dialogue outside the court."

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