Dwarka E­way has been de­clared as Na­tional High­way in June 2017

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Af­ter be­ing stuck for the past seven years, the Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI) has fi­nally taken over the Dwarka Ex­press­way project. Deepak Ku­mar re­cently took charge as Chair­man, NHAI. Prior to join­ing NHAI, he worked as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Em­ploy­ees’ State In­surance Cor­po­ra­tion un­der the Min­istry of Labour. Nam­rata Kohli speaks to Deepak Ku­mar about the Dwarka ex­press­way. Edited ex­cerpts:

Af­ter tak­ing charge, what are the pet projects that you want to put on the fast track and fin­ish at the ear­li­est?

We are cre­at­ing a frame­work for re­mov­ing bot­tle­necks in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the projects i.e. land ac­qui­si­tion process and statu­tory clear­ances. For each project, now tar­get is be­ing set up for ev­ery stage of ac­qui­si­tion of land, shift­ing of util­i­ties and for­est clear­ance. We have put the process of in­stal­la­tion of ETC (Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion) on toll plazas, way­side ameni­ties on fast tracks. In July 2017, we have also taken up the drive across the coun­try un­der Swachh Bharat for clean­li­ness and plan­ta­tion of trees. We are try­ing to bring in more peo­ple with di­verse knowl­edge back­ground in the or­ga­ni­za­tion for ca­pac­ity build­ing.

The fact that the NHAI has fi­nally taken over the Dwarka Ex­press­way project that started in 2007 brings a ray of hope for those fam­i­lies that have in­vested in over 60 large­scale hous­ing projects along the Dwarka Ex­press­way. What can you as­sure the in­vestors and buy­ers who have in­vested time and money in Dwarka e­way?

Dwarka Ex­press­way has been de­clared as Na­tional High­way by the Min­istry of Road Trans­port & High­ways in June 2017. We are in the process of fi­nal­is­ing the DPR (de­tailed project re­port) for de­vel­op­ing this road as an 8lane ex­press­way with the pro­vi­sions of 6-lane ser­vice roads.

Where is the real prob­lem in mak­ing this E­way op­er­a­tional?

The process of land ac­qui­si­tion at Delhi/Haryana bor­der is likely to get com­pleted in the next three months. Be­sides this, ad­di­tional land is to be ac­quired for con­struc­tion of in­ter­change near Shiv Murti junc­tion on NH-8, the process of which is ex­pected to be­gin in Septem­ber 2017. A part project in the ini­tial sec­tion from Shiv Murti on NH-8 to rail­way line along Dwarka Link road is held up as clear­ance from Air­port au­thor­i­ties is re­quired for pro­posed el­e­vated road. NHAI is in con­tin­u­ous dis­cus­sions with the min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion and a team of ex­perts have been en­gaged by the min­istry to re­solve this is­sue and it is likely to get re­solved in the next 4-6 weeks. Con­struc­tion of Dwarka Ex­press­way would be taken up in four pack­ages and the process of bid­ding is likely to start in Septem­ber 2017. The work on the ground is likely to start by Jan­uary 2018.

Once you get the land from Haryana and Delhi gov­ern­ments, how long will it take to com­plete the project?

The time­line for con­struc­tion of project of this mag­ni­tude is around 30 months.

Ex­perts say that the mis­takes in plan­ning the Delhi-Gurgaon Ex­press­way should not be re­peated while de­sign­ing the Dwarka Ex­press­way. What is your opinion?

In plan­ning the Dwarka Ex­press­way, learn­ings of Delhi-Gurgaon sec­tion on NH-8 are be­ing used to make it a fully ac­cess con­trolled fa­cil­ity with ma­jor in­ter­changes at the start­ing point i.e. at Shiv Murti and at junc­tion with SPR near Kherki Daula on NH-8.

Fur­ther for all ex­ist­ing cross roads, grade sep­a­ra­tion is be­ing done and all ma­jor in­ter­sec­tions would be 3 level for en­sur­ing free move­ment of traf­fic at all arms. To en­sure seam­less move­ment of traf­fic, a ma­jor por­tion of Dwarka Ex­press­way is planned as an el­e­vated road. NHAI has also pro­posed to pro­vide In­tel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion Sys­tem (ITS) on this high­way for traf­fic man­age­ment, safety and tolling. NHAI has also pro­posed to con­struct a tun­nel from Dwarka side for di­rect ac­cess to the air­port.

Deepak Ku­mar

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