The much-hyped northern peripheral road (NPR) — also known as Dwarka Expressway — missed yet another deadline on Sunday, making it the fourth time that the project failed to deliver on a said time. The contractors refused to comment when questioned by HT.
The record of mismanagement shows that the NPR missed its first deadline on March 1, 2012; its second in October, 2012 and the third on March 1, 2013. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) had a year ago threatened the project contractors of imposing a heavy penalty if they missed the deadline of October, 2012.
The Huda administrator, Praveen Kumar, said that the court cases related to land acquisition and compensation for the oustees at New Palam Vihar and Kherkidaula have delayed the project.
"Out of the total length of 18 km, 12 km is already completed and work is in progress on a further 2-km stretch. The remaining stretch of 4 km is caught in litigation process," said the Huda administrator. However, the slow progress of the much-awaited project has always been the primary reason for missed deadlines.
JSR Construction Pvt Ltd and Indiabulls Construction Limited are the joint contractors who had been awarded the project by Huda on April 1, 2011. Earlier, the authority had extended the project deadline for six months after expiry of the initial deadline on March 31, 2012. A team of Huda officials, including administrator Kumar, had taken stock of the NPR project several times in the past one-and-a-half years.
The NPR is the state government’s widest-ever (150 metre) expressway project and is to connect Dwarka in Delhi with Kherki Daula on National Highway 8.