Work on Dwarka Expressway halted again

Earlier on February 1 and March 17, the residents had similarly stopped the work on the elevated road.
Earlier on February 1 and March 17, the residents had similarly stopped the work on the elevated road.(File Photo)
Earlier on February 1 and March 17, the residents had similarly stopped the work on the elevated road.(File Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2019 04:12 AM IST
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For the third time in the past two months, the residents of Sai Kunj and New Palam Vihar stopped work on the NPR (Northern Peripheral Road, popularly known as the Dwarka Expressway) elevated road, being carried out by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Saturday, asking the workers of the NHAI-appointed contractor to leave the spot without carrying out digging work.

Earlier on February 1 and March 17, the residents had similarly stopped the work on the elevated road.

Rakesh Rana, a New Palam Vihar resident, said, “The NHAI has to first address our grievances. We told NHAI officials on Saturday to remeasure the 150-metre-wide stretch on the NPR at Sector 109/110 from the centre, leaving 30-mt-wide green belts on both sides, and the 90-mt-wide motorable road at the centre as well that has been transferred by the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) to the NHAI in June last year for construction of the corridor. We have measured the objectionable portion of the NPR. While on one side, the green belt is 23-mt-wide, it is 37-mt on the other side. This is wrong and we will not allow it to happen.”

While building the 90-mt road last June, the HSVP made a curve near Sector 109/110, although it was shown to be straight in the original drawing. This caused resentments among area residents.“The curve with 17-mt deviation was made intentionally to provide adequate green space for the benefit of a private builder. Although the NHAI corrected the curve, but still a 7-mt deviation is existing on ground,” said Lokesh Sharma, another resident.

“We are conducting a measurement of the objectionable portion of the NPR on Monday. However, stopping work repeatedly is not fair on the part of residents,” said a senior NHAI official familiar with the matter.

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