DELHI: Resumption of work on the much-delayed Dwarka Expressway is good news for the thousands of end users and investors here. The expressway has emerged as one of the most sought-after real estate destinations in the National Capital Region (NCR) today.
The expressway was scheduled to be completed by March 2012. Interestingly, the developers who are implementing projects here played an important role in expediting the whole process and in ensuring that the expressway is completed as soon as possible. This will also pave the way in completing the construction of their respective projects.
Because of the delay in the acquisition of land, the contractor of the expressway, India Bulls, demanded compensation. As it was the responsibility of the Haryana government to acquire the land and give it to the contractor on time, the loss due to the delay in handing over the land was also to be compensated by the state government.
But as this settlement could have led to more delay, the developers on Dwarka Expressway, under the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations’ of India, Gurgaon chapter, pooled money among themselves to compensate the contractor.
The state government too has taken steps to remove the hurdles in acquiring the land for the construction of the expressway. According to one estimate, the land acquisition will be completed by March 2014.
A spokesman of the land acquisition department of Huda says that while land for most of the 18km stretch of the 150-metre-wide road has been acquired, 4km is under a stay order from the high court. Work on 14km—out of the 18km stretch—of the expressway is already complete.
There are only four small stretches where the construction has not been completed. Out of this, the land in the two stretches belongs to the public utility departments. According to the detailed map of the road, 800 metres has been handed over to the Indian Railways for construction of a rail over bridge—Huda has already paid the railways Rs 38 crore in advance for this project.
Besides this, land for 700 metres road is under various Huda utilities like HT pillars and water works which Huda is in the process of shifting. According to a source, the shifting work will be completed soon.
Land for the balance 2.5km of the road is under a stay-order from the high court, which directed the state government not to disturb any possession till the writ petitions are settled. Even so, the acquisition proceedings have not been stayed in totality. All the issues have been settled except with those who have houses there and are bargaining for better compensation.
To sort out the issue related to the 2.5km stretch, Huda announced a rehabilitation policy on September 30, 2013. According to the policy, people with built-up homes or structures are being offered alternative plots in Sectors 110 A and 37C. The plots on offer are of almost the same size as the plots being taken over.
Huda has already acquired 145 acres in the two sectors for this purpose. However, only 15 acres will be required to re-settle the petitioners. On the Delhi side of the expressway, the acquisition of the land is almost complete.
The expressway will bring Delhi and Gurgaon closer. It will also ease the traffic problems on NH-8 and connectivity will become smoother and faster. The distance to the IGI airport will reduce considerably from Gurgaon. Another positive development is that the toll for commuters between Delhi and Gurgaon will be discontinued. This will further reduce the travel time. More than 33,000 houses are under construction on Dwarka Expressway, with the completion of the expressway opening the doors for many more. The main developers here include BPTP, Ramprastha, Indiabulls, ATS, Puri Construction, Assotech, Uppals, Raheja, Sobha, Chintels, among others.