The much-delayed Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) may finally inch towards completion as administration has claimed to have found an alternative for more than 250 residents whose plots fall on the upcoming expressway.
The local office of the Haryana government’s Town and Country Planning (TCP) department has submitted an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding relocation of the affected locals.
“I have been told by the TCP that the affidavit has been filed in the high court. We are sure the policy will be appreciated by the locals,” said Praveen Kumar, administrator of the Haryana urban Development Authority (Huda) in Gurgaon.
“We have acquired land in Sector 110-A and drafted a suitable compensation policy too,” Kumar said, adding that the policy includes most demands of the locals, such as allotment of plots in adjacent areas, payment of construction cost at the current market rate and one-year time to make the shift.
The NPR or Dwarka Expressway was planned in 2006-07. A land acquisition notice by the TCP led to massive protests by residents whose plots fell on a 2.5-km stretch of the proposed expressway in New Palam Vihar and 1-km stretch near Kherki Daula.
As many as 270 plot owners due have been affected by construction work on the expressway as their houses fall on the 18-km-long link road.
While most of them have built their houses on plots measuring 100 square yards, a few own more than 500 square yards.
These residents have staged several protests and also moved the high court against the Haryana government’s policy for acquiring their land.
“I have no information regarding this latest development. If the TCP has submitted the affidavit, it will be an achievement for us,” said Rishi Raj Rana, the councilor of Ward 1 who led the protest by the affected locals.
Out of the 18 km, construction work is pending on six km of the expressway due to various disputes. After missing two deadlines, the completion date for the link road has now been set for June 30.