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Ambitious projects at crossroads

india Updated: May 07, 2012 01:20 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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They were touted as the lifeline of the Millennium City and a panacea for its perennial traffic woes. But a slew of litigations and other issues have held up the ambitious projects – 18-km-long northern peripheral road (NPR) and southern peripheral road (SPR).

The NPR, which is also known as Dwarka expressway, is mired in land cases. Of the 18 km, only 12.5 km is free of any litigation.

Nearly 750 families are up in arms against Haryana government over land compensation.

The cases are heard in Punjab and Haryana High Court. The project started in 2008.

The families are demanding alternative plots at Sector 110-A, which is a planned and developed Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) sector close to Dwarka. “The government is not agreeing to allot us plots at developed Huda sectors. The matter has been pending in the high court since 2008,” said Rishi Raj Rana, who heads a group of affected people who have approached the high court.

However, Huda chief administrator DPS Nagal has denied the allegations.

“Their demands have been continuously increasing. They don't stick to one demand or one convincing formula so that the matter could be solved amicably. They are not satisfied with 50 square yard plots. They need bigger plots and more than one for each family. This is not possible,” said the chief administrator.

The court case has stalled the work on NPR.

“The government should appoint a committee to solve the issue and speed up NPR progress work. At the same time, the high court can appoint an amicus curie for early disposal of the cases," said Navin Raheja, president of the National Realty Development Council (NRDC).

The NPR connects Dwarka in Delhi to Kherki Daula in Gurgaon. The project was to be completed by March this year, but a revised deadline has been set for October, 2012.

Similarly, the work on SPR was held up because of another litigation. The R400 crore project, divided into two segments, connects Kherki Daula on NH-8 to Ghata village near Sector 55, further to Faridabad-Gurgaon Road.

The government on its part has shown utter negligence in solving the issue of Darbaripur, a small village, which is coming in the way of the expressway between Sohna Road and NH-8.

These villagers have also approached the high court and accused the government of forcibly acquiring their forefathers' land and displacing them for the benefit of the developers.

The project was allotted in June, 2010 for completion in December, 2010. SPR's extended deadline is now December, 2012.

“We are not going to leave our ancestral land. We have been here for hundreds of years and the government did not even think of informing us that they are planning to acquire the land," said Rambir Singh, a resident of the village.

He alleged that the government has conspired with the developers to snatch their land.

"We are not going to compromise at all with this land," he added.

When asked what were his comments on such vehement arguments, the chief administrator said the two mega projects were the future growth of the Millennium City and these "small and minor issues" can be settled.