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Gurgaon homebuyers demand completion of Dwarka Expressway at earliest

In October 2016, the NHAI took over the NPR, adding 10-km in Delhi and for which it is acquiring land at various places.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 26, 2017 21:42 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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A 16.5km stretch of the NPR is complete but the road is not operational end-to-end in Delhi and Gurgaon due to litigation.(HT File)

Unhappy with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for tendering the 28km Dwarka Expressway in parts, homebuyers on Monday demanded completion of the project at the earliest. On Saturday, the homebuyers held a peaceful protest in front of the NHAI office in Dwarka.

The NHAI on Monday floated tenders for a 10km stretch of the expressway, which includes construction of an elevated road between the Delhi-Gurgaon border and Basai ROB.

The homebuyers said NHAI should instead issue tenders for the entire project and the proposed cloverleaf on NH-8 near Kherki Daula in one go or within a month at the most.

Homebuyers have invested in residential projects in Sectors 80-115 along the 18km road, also known as Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), in Gurgaon. A 16.5km stretch of the NPR is complete but the road is not operational end-to-end in Delhi and Gurgaon due to litigation.

In October 2016, the NHAI took over the NPR, adding 10-km in Delhi and for which it is acquiring land at various places.

A homebuyer said, “We booked a flat in Sector 108 in 2012 and the airport is hardly 9km from this place. But the NPR is incomplete or not operational. It has shattered our economy as we continue to pay rent and EMI to banks for home loans and still we do not see signs of completion in near future.”

Dinesh Yadav, GM Nhai, said, “Nhai is trying its best to complete the project and process has begun.”

The homebuyers formed an association known as Dexp Welfare Association, which represents buyers cum investors from more than 34 projects across the expressway.

The civic work, including water supply, electricity, sewage system, across the sectors is not yet complete.

Pradip Rahi, general secretary of the association, said, “The government is not serious about the Dwarka Expressway, as several deadlines have been missed.”

“Critical bottlenecks have only increased with time. Litigation issues pertaining to land acquisition for connecting peripheral road (CPR), and in New Palam Vihar have not been resolved. We demand temporary connectivity between Dwarka and New Palam Vihar so that those who are living in new sectors can benefit,” said Gaurav Prakash, founding member of the association.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 21:42 IST