Makeover for select Delhi-Gurgaon junctions
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.