The construction of the 150-metre wide and 17 km long Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) came perilously close to perishing.
With the project caught in litigation, the Haryana government tried to palm it off to the NHAI, which, after deliberations, said, “Sorry, can’t do.”
The project fell into trouble after some residents of New Palam Vihar, whose houses fell in the NPR’s projected route, moved court and got a stay. The Haryana government had turned to the NHAI thinking they would sort out the disputes and get the project online quickly.
In fact, the NHAI had also been asked to take over the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) which was caught in a similar dilemma as the NPR.
HUDA Superintending Engineer Pankaj Kumar said NHAI had been asked to take over the projects last year. The latter, however, refused saying it had too many projects on its hands.
“We have decided to go ahead with the project on our own as we have about 14 km of the total stretch of 17-km long NPR litigation free available with us. We will go ahead with this portion and expect that by the time we complete it we would have got the stays vacated against the rest of the patches,” he added.
NHAI officials admitted that the NPR and SPR projects were discussed but couldn’t work out.
The 90-meter-wide SPR Expressway will connect NH-8 with MG Road, creating a ring around the existing Gurgaon Municipal Corporation jurisdiction. Meandering through New Palam Vihar, the NPR connects Dwarka border with NH-8 near village Kherki Daula.
Both the NPR and SPR were proposed in the Gurgaon Master Plan 2021 and notified in 2007 and close to 100 licences were issued to private sector developers to set up residential and commercial projects along the NPR and SPR.
Ever since then, the builders have been pressurizing the Haryana government to begin the project quickly as their projects were being delayed.
New Palam Vihar residents and others whose houses and other buildings fell in the alignment of NPR and faced demolition succeeded in getting a stay from the court against dispossession.