Major Manu Pandey of the Indian Army bought a flat along the Dwarka Expressway in 2012 so that his family can settle there when he is posted in tough terrains along the Line of Control (LoC) and other areas. He, like other buyers and investors, was promised that the area will be easily connected with Delhi through the 18-km-long Dwarka Expressway.
After four years, Major Pandey’s family has not been able to shift to the apartment as the expressway is incomplete and the area is poorly connected with Delhi and Gurgaon. A 14-km-stretch of the expressway is complete but the remaining four kms, which is complete in patches, defies the purpose.
After running from pillar to post, the home buyers on Sunday launched a protest at Jantar Mantar under the aegis of Dwarka Expressway Welfare Association. Over 50 buyers and investors gathered at the protest venue and demanded a written assurance from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) or the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on completion of the NPR.
Protesters shouted slogans and marched with placards saying “Odd even ka formula bekaar hai. Dwarka expressway ka formula damdaar hai” (Odd even formula is useless. Dwarka expressway formula is powerful).
“I bought a residence here to give good shelter to my family and education to my children as I did not want to move them around when I get transfers. But it seems agencies like the Huda do not want to do anything about the road,” Pandey said.
Pandey has been waiting for only four years but there are others who have been waiting for the completion of the expressway, also known as the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), for over eight years.
Announced in 2007, the Dwarka Expressway was planned to decongest the National Highway-8 and provide an alternate access to Delhi.
The protesters demanded the intervention of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari to expedite the clearance of land litigation that is hindering the completion of the road. They also want a concrete road map for flyovers and underpasses on the expressway. In March, Gadkari had announced National Highway status to the expressway.
“We are working out modalities to finish the expressway and will hand it over to the NHAI,” a senior Huda