The much-awaited Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) project, which will connect the national capital with Gurgaon as an alternative route, has missed its March 31 deadline.
The 150-metre wide, 18-km-long road, which will connect the Dwarka border in west Delhi and Kherki Daula in Gurgaon, is wider than NH-8, which is only 75 metres wide.The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had awarded the joint contract to build 14 km to JSR Construction Pvt Ltd and Indiabulls Construction Limited on April 1, 2011, and had set a deadline of March 31, 2012. The remaining four km is under litigation.
Of the 14 km, only earth-filling work has been completed on 11 km. Officials said that the 14-km stretch would be ready by October 2012.
“We are closely monitoring the progress and hope that the October deadline will be final,” said AK Maggu, executive engineer of HUDA.
“Several structures of private plot owners, from whom HUDA had acquired land, had come in the way of construction and hence delayed the project. Most of these structures have now been removed,” said Maggu, who is in-charge of the project.
The road starts from the Dwarka border in west Delhi and passes through Bijwasan, New Palam Vihar, Kherki Daula and finally joins NH-8. HUDA sectors 83 to 113 are located along this expressway.
A commercial belt will touch sectors 105, 106, 109, 110, 110A, 111, 112 and 113. Sectors 100 and 101 will have public utilities. Other residential sectors that are a little far away from the expressway but will benefit from it are 81-86, 89-93 and 95.
“The delay is a sign of negligence. The government is not ready to realise that thousands have invested their hard-earned money in the upcoming properties along the NPR and they do not know when this road will be completed,” said Navin Raheja, president of National Realty Development Council (NRDC) of India.