Makeover for se­lect Delhi-Gur­gaon junc­tions

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There were at least four an­nounce­ments made in the first week of March at the Hap­pen­ing Haryana sum­mit, say Na­tional High­ways Author­ity of In­dia (NHAI) sources. The first had to do with im­prove­ment of junc­tions along the Delhi-Gur­gaon Ex­press­way at Ra­jiv Chowk, If­fco Chowk and Sig­na­ture Chowk. A de­tailed pro­ject re­port (DPR) has al­ready been pre­pared for it and ten­ders in­vited un­til April 6. The cost of im­prove­ment of th­ese junc­tions is ₹ 980 crore.

The sec­ond and t hird an­nounce­ment was re­lated to ex­ten­sion of NH236 to NH8. By­passes will be con­structed in Gur­gaon link­ing Na­tional High­way-236 (Mehrauli-Gur­gaon) with NH-8 and link­ing NH-8 (near Am­bi­ence Mall) and NH- 236 ( Mehrauli- Gur­gaon road) to de­con­gest NH-8 and Gur­gaon city. Apart from this, a sum of ₹ 160 crore would be spent on the im­prove­ment of the junc­tion near Am­bi­ence Mall.

NHAI has also planned a link be­tween Ring Road (close to RK Pu­ram) and MG Road in Gur­gaon via Nel­son Man­dela Road. A junc­tion has been pro­posed on MG Road where both the by­pass for NH-8 and the new link from Ring Road will join.

The fourth an­nounce­ment was about the dec­la­ra­tion of a new na­tional high­way ( Dwarka Ex­press­way) that will start at Khirki Dwala toll plaza, en­ter Delhi in Dwarka and con­nect NH8 near the air­port.

The idea is to cre­ate an­other Ring Road in Gur­gaon and de­con­gest the city, NHAI sources say. The prob­lem that has been per­sist­ing till date was caused due to the ‘ring’ not get­ting com­pleted due to land ac­qui­si­tion issues. Also, there was no de­mand from the state to de­clare it a na­tional high­way un­til now, they say.

“The Haryana gov­ern­ment has yet to send a writ­ten re­quest to the min­istry of road trans­port and high­ways,” the NHAI source says. Once this is de­clared a na­tional high­way, the 15 km in Delhi side will also be ac­quired, he adds.

Ac­cord­ing to DDA sources, DDA has al­ready sub­mit­ted a re­quest for ac­qui­si­tion of 1.5 km stretch fall­ing in Delhi six months ago. The mat­ter is still pend­ing.

Once the pro­ject comes under the am­bit of the NHAI di­rectly, things will change dras­ti­cally, they say. De­vel­op­ers claim that land ac­qui­si­tion issues on the Delhi side are the main cause of con­cern. The plots along the 1.5 km stretch that are not yet ac­quired are owned by private land own­ers who had de­manded sums as high as ₹ 15 to ₹ 20 crore per acre. Since ₹ 3,000 crore has al­ready been in­vested in the con­struc­tion of this stretch, the idea is to get it op­er­a­tional as soon as pos­si­ble and de­con­gest NH8, says Ge­tam­ber Anand of Credai.

Eight l andown­ers whose plots had held up com­ple­tion of Dwarka Ex­press­way on the Gur­gaon side re­cently ap­plied for al­lot­ment of al­ter­nate plots.

Haryana is yet to send a writ­ten re­quest to the min­istry of road trans­port and high­ways to ac­cord NH sta­tus to Dwarka Ex­press­way.

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