NHAI sets October deadline for 22km stretch of Eastern Peripheral Expressway
NHAI has roped in Ashoka Buildcon Ltd for constructing the 22km stretch. A budget of Rs 800 crore has been allocated for the stretchnoida Updated: Feb 23, 2017 23:06 IST
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials on Thursday said they have resolved land issues of most farmers for the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) and set an October deadline for the completion of the part that falls in Gautam Budh Nagar.
A 22km stretch of the 135km expressway that falls in Gautam Budh Nagar.
The ring road-like expressway will pass through Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and parts of Delhi. It is likely to take at least 70,000-80,000 vehicles off Delhi roads. The NHAI needed land from 39 villages in Gautam Budh Nagar for the expressway, which was proposed in 2005.
On February 24, 2016, farmers in Bil Akbarpur had held a team of engineers and workers captive, demanding hiked compensation. Farmers had disrupted work on the project in 2015, causing delays. Farmers also protested against the alignment of the expressway as it necessitated demolition of few houses in Greater Noida’s Bil Akbarpur village.
“We have resolved issues of most of the farmers and work on the project is in full swing. The Supreme Court directed the government to complete this crucial project in 2018, but we have set October 2017 as the deadline. We will complete it successfully by then,” Kishore Kanyal, NHAI project director for the EPE project said.
NHAI has roped in Ashoka Buildcon Ltd for constructing the 22km stretch. A budget of Rs800 crore has been allocated for the stretch.
“The district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh, recently held a meeting with farmers to resolve their issues. We have decided to tweak the alignment of the expressway so that there is no need to demolish any farmer’s residence in Bil Akbarpur. I believe most of the farmers’ issues are resolved,” Kanyal said.
The Gautam Budh Nagar administration is in the process of distributing compensation to farmers.
A small section of farmers, however, is still unhappy with the land compensation given by the government.
“We were demanding Rs5,508 per sqm. They had initially offered us Rs850 per sqm and after negotiations, they paid Rs3,500 per sqm. We have filed pleas in Allahabad high court because the government is discriminating in giving compensation. The government has given Rs4,700 per sqm to farmers in neighbouring Ghaziabad district. The rate should be the same. If the compensation is not revised, many farmers will not give their land for the project,” Teja Gurjar, a farmer leader, said.