In a fresh bid to remove all bottlenecks to the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) also known as the Dwarka Expressway project, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Saturday heard the plea of landowner who wants his plot returned.
The landowner moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the Huda around six months ago, demanding an alternative plot as the authority had acquired his land at Sector 110 A in New Palam Vihar to rehabilitate the NPR oustees.
The high court directed the Huda to hear his plea on March 16 and settle the case as per the suitability of the applicant.
The big-ticket infrastructure project has been holding fire and has missed several deadlines as a section of landowners holding general power of attorney or special power of attorney were not made part of the plot draw for oustees and moved court against the Huda. A fresh petition in the case is currently awaiting arbitration by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
“I got to know of the landowner’s plea after his case moved to the high court. The owner wants his plot, which had been acquired to rehabilitate the NPR oustees, returned. Earlier, he demanded an alternative plot. We are willing to meet his demand and have forwarded his plea to the authority concerned in Chandigarh for returning his land. This is part of our attempt to resolve all issues dogging the project. The issue concerning the GPA/SPA holders is still pending in the high court. The petition will come up for hearing on March 21,” Yashpal Yadav, Huda administrator, said.
“We believe the court’s direction will also help us resolve the issue surrounding the GPA/SPA holders,” Yadav said.
A GPA holder himself and aware that the Huda wasn’t willing to consider the likes of him for the plot draw, the petitioner had earlier moved court demanding that he be shifted to an alternative plot.
The NPR project has been in the making for the last 6-7 years and the litigations literally pushed it to the backburner.
“After years of delay, we now see a ray of hope as the Huda has cleared most legal tangles dogging the project and are on way to resolving the other sticky issues. We have put our hard-earned money into the project and have to pay instalments to banks,” an investor said.
Once complete, the NPR project is expected to spur property appreciation in the area and enable a smooth commute between Delhi and Gurgaon.
NPR will connect Dwarka in Delhi and NH-8 near Kherki Daula in Gurgaon. It is one of the widest road projects in the country and more than 100 residential and commercial projects are expected to come up in Sectors 82 and 115, along the NPR stretch.