Gurgaon: Jinxed Dwarka Expressway project hits fresh hurdle
The acquisition process for Connecting Peripheral Road (CPR), linking Dwarka Expressway (Northern Peripheral Road) and Southern Peripheral Road, has happened because of high tension linesgurgaon Updated: Aug 04, 2017 12:38 IST
For those who have been waiting for the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) popularly known as the Dwarka Expressway to become operational and expedite infrastructure growth in new sectors, from 81 to 115, there isn’t much hope of the project seeing light of day anytime soon. The project, which has been hanging fire for long, seems to have run into a fresh hurdle.
Land acquisition process for Connecting Peripheral Road (CPR), which will connect NPR and SPR (Southern Peripheral Road) near Kherki Daula toll, has been stopped due to the presence of high tension lines.
Presence of high tension electricity wires in a 600-metre portion of NPR has emerged as the main hurdle to the project and the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), the custodian of high tension wires, refused to shift the cables and poles.
Now, the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) is considering the proposal of acquiring alternative land owned by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) in the adjoining areas.
“The land owned by the HSIIDC, which is being considered as an alternative acquisition option, is right adjacent the CPR. We are in the process of holding consultations with officials in this regard. Meanwhile, we have asked the consultant working on the CPR project to explore the option of changing the present alignment. Another meeting will be called soon. However, HVPN said shifting of high tension wires and poles is not possible. Now, we are exploring all possible options to connect NPR with the National Highway-8,” Yashpal Yadav, administrator, Huda, said.
The NHAI had written to Huda a couple of weeks ago seeking transfer of land for the CPR project and construction of a cloverleaf road. The agency also appointed a consultant to draw up a detailed project report (DPR) for the 28-km Dwarka Expressway (18-km portion of which in Gurgaon is known as NPR) with one end near Kherki Daula and the other end near Shiv Murti near Mahipalpur on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
“We requested the Huda to overcome all hurdles and transfer the land. But now, the presence of high tension wires, has emerged as a new hurdle. It may delay the project further,” said a senior NHAI official, who asked not to be named.
The Huda, said the administrator, may explore the option of going back to the old alignment of NPR near the Kherki toll. A boundary wall had been erected by the toll operator three years ago to block alignment.
“The option of constructing a flyover that can join SPR and NPR is also being considered,” Yadav said.
Fear of a fresh delay has already gripped homebuyers who have invested in projects coming up along the NPR.
“If land wasn’t free from hurdles, why did Huda acquire it? Such flaws on the part of the administration are affecting us,” Prakhar Sahay, a homebuyer, said.