Gad­kari sees fin­ish line for Dwarka e-way

24 Houses Were Hold­ing Up Project: Min­is­ter At TOI Event

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GURGAON Gurgaon: The fi­nal hur­dle hold­ing up Dwarka Ex­press­way has been cleared, Union cab­i­net min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari said at a town hall with TOI in Gurgaon on Mon­day.

Gad­kari, who han­dles several key port­fo­lios in the Modi govern­ment, in­clud­ing road, trans­port, and high­ways, held out hope to thou­sands of home­buy­ers who have in­vested in real es­tate along the ex­press­way only to re­alise that the project has missed several dead­lines and work was stuck in several places. It was only re­cently that Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI) un­der Gad­kari took over the project.

The last hur­dle to the 17-km­long ex­press­way was a group of 24 houses whose own­ers had moved court. This has been re­solved, Gad­kari told the packed town hall at­tended by prominent cit­i­zens of Gurgaon.

Gad­kari said his min­istry had planned to com­plete Dwarka Ex­press­way in four pack­ages, three of which have al­ready been awarded. The fourth was pend­ing due to lit­i­ga­tion by house own­ers, but be­cause the is­sue was now re­solved, work will be­gin on it within a month.

He also said10 pro­jects meant to ad­dress the city’s traf­fic is­sues are cur­rently in progress. Work has started on the Dhaula Kuan to IGI air­port cor­ri­dor. Get­ting de­fence min­istry to part with their land was tough, he said, but it has now been achieved, and work will be com­pleted within four to five months.

Cit­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence of traf­fic jams be­tween Delhi and Gurgaon, the min­is­ter said ban­quet halls on both sides of the road of­ten cause snarls. “I’ve asked for a re­view of the sit­u­a­tion with ban­quet halls that have en­croached,” he said, adding these will have to be de­mol­ished and ser­vice lanes broad­ened.

Work on an­other ma­jor project — Metrino pod taxi be­tween Dhaula Kuan and Mane­sar, which he de­scribed as his “dream project” — will be­gin within one and a half months, he said. The min­istry has re­ceived ten­ders from three firms, which are now be­ing as­sessed.

Speak­ing about pro­mot­ing pub­lic trans­port, he said there is an im­me­di­ate need to cut down on use of pri­vate ve­hi­cles.

On shift­ing of Kherki Daula toll plaza, he said the min­istry has de­cided upon shift­ing the toll from its present lo­ca­tion to­wards Jaipur. Once the state govern­ment of­fers an al­ter­na­tive plot to NHAI, work can be­gin within eight days.

He added the min­istry is mulling over launch­ing dou­ble decker buses on the Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandi­garh and other routes, to pro­mote pub­lic trans­port. The buses will have air­lines-like fa­cil­i­ties. He also said NHAI is spend­ing Rs 1,000 crore on un­der­passes, fly­overs and U-turn at the three cross­ings — If­fco Chowk, Sig­na­ture Tower and Ra­jiv Chowk.

An­other ma­jor project — Eastern Pe­riph­eral Road (EPR), which had been stuck af- ter Haryana govern­ment-ap­pointed con­trac­tor left the project mid­way, and none of the state gov­ern­ments paid up their share of the Rs 2,000 crore cost for land ac­qui­si­tion — was com­pleted by NHAI, and is likely to be in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter Modi next week, said Gad­kari.

Union min­is­ter of state for chem­i­cals and fer­til­iz­ers, Rao In­der­jit Singh, who is also a Gurgaon MP, told the au­di­ence that all en­croach­ments were re­moved from Dwarka Ex­press­way in the past two weeks, and ef­forts are on to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive plots to house own­ers who were evicted.

He re­quested Gad­kari to an­nounce a pol­icy that re­moved the toll plaza, in­stead of shift­ing it else­where, adding that toll fees should be col­lected from ve­hi­cle own­ers at one go, as part of reg­is­tra­tion charges. He also added that a fly­over to­wards Am­bi­ence Mall will be built at Shankar Chowk for Rs 170 crore, with DLF and Am­bi­ence shar­ing 25% of the project cost each.

Se­nior district ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials, de­vel­op­ers, mem­bers from prominent RWAs and so­cial ac­tivists at­tended the event.

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