NHAI to take over the rail over bridge project on Dwarka Expressway
The NHAI has asked Huda to stop work on the six-lane rail over bridge project on Dwarka Expressway at Basai as it does not conform to the highway normsgurgaon Updated: Feb 23, 2017 23:27 IST
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has asked Huda to stop work on the crucial rail over bridge (ROB) on Dwarka expressway at Basai. The authority plans to take over the construction of the bridge and retrofit it in a manner as to conform with the highway norms.
The Huda, which is ready to transfer the expressway to NHAI, has no objection to its bid to take over the work on the rail over bridge work and the rest of the road.
The NHAI officials said that while the Dwarka Expressway will be split into eight lanes, the over bridge being constructed has six lanes. This is against the highway norms.
“The ROB work has to be stopped as over bridge has to be brought in conformity with our norms. Once the highway ministry issues a notification, we will take over the expressway,” AK Sharma, project director, NHAI, said.
Recently, a joint inspection of HUDA, NHAI and other government officials was carried out and it was decided that the work on rehabilitation of those whose lands were acquired for the project would be expedited.
The over bridge is 1,200 metres long and is being built jointly by the Huda and the railways. About Rs 153 crore is being spent by the Huda on this project. The railways will build 128 metres of the bridge which will be over the track.
This bridge is crucial as it will not only connect the expressway but also ensure better connectivity between Pataudi and Basai roads. Residents of sectors 81 to 115 would be greatly benefitted once this over bridge is operational. However, it remains to be seen if the NHAI’s decision to take over the project will affect the deadline set for completion of the bridge.
Work on the eight-lane Dwarka Expressway started in 2008. It will connect Dwarka in Delhi to Kherki Daula on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The project has missed several deadlines due to legal obstacles, but got fresh momentum after Huda made several attempts to clear the legal hurdles.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said that the authority was ready to transfer the expressway to the NHAI as and when required. “ The road is there and they can make the changes to the RoB as required. We are working overnight to rehabilitate the oustees and even today, allotment letters were issued. The properties that have been acquired will be demolished soon to make way for the road,” Yadav said.