The long wait for the Dwarka Expressway, also known as Northern Peripheral Road has finally paid off with its operations expected to start by March 2018. The government has eventually procured 24 hectares in Dwarka, Delhi, essential to finalize the construction on the Dwarka side of the expressway.

The Union government declared the bulletin that it had acquired 24 hectares in Dwarka, in Delhi, for culmination of work on the Dwarka Expressway, in its official publication. Construction on the 24km-long, 8-laned expressway was suspended since 2012, because of land scarcity in Dwarka and the subsequent resettlement of a few houses here, which were impeding the alignment of the road.

This is music to the ears for realty sector companies having investments of more than Rs 60,000 crore in home and commercial ventures along this 150-metre-wide street, since there was a lot of reluctance to buy homes here because of absence of connectivity.

Once the expressway is ready for use, it will breathe life into the prospects of these investments. Excess of 20,000 apartments and hundreds of thousands square feet of commercial estates are waiting to be taken into possession. However, investors are on the back-foot where it comes to taking possession of the properties or are not in the mood for occupying them even after possession.

Getamber Anand, Chairman of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (Credai) and CMD of ATS Infrastructure, vouches for the developer community’s willingness to do whatever it takes to complete the expressway and have it up and running by March 2018.

Navin Raheja, CMD of the Raheja Group, was of the same opinion, echoing that the once the Dwarka Expressway is functional, it would bring back the hustle in the region’s real estate sector.

The two pain areas that were delaying the roadway project were a 900-metre patch on the Delhi side of the expressway in Dwarka and a 1km stretch in New Palam Vihar in Haryana. The latter had a few houses on the land in question. The government offered the owners options of plots in the developed locales of Gurgaon like Sectors 37D and 110.

Upholding the directive of the Supreme Court, the high court on November 22 called for owners of the respective homes to be shifted to New Palam Vihar. Due to bottlenecks in acquiring land acquisition the completion of the road was being delayed, the Union government passed on the expressway to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in 2016. Thereon the expressway began to be known as National Highway 8A. This makes it easy to acquire land for the construction of National Highways as compared to the other, simply because there are legislations to speed up this process.

NHAI has kicked off the process of taking over the land in Kherki Daula in Gurgaon where Dwarka Expressway links to NH-8. NHAI submitted a proposal for a clover-leaf flyover there for smooth merging of traffic from the expressway and NH-8. According to a senior NHAI official, by the way things are moving it is likely that the roadway will be ready by 2019. The official also shared NHAI’s current focus to get the road ready for use by the start of 2018.

The Dwarka Eway, is seen as a major decongestant for NH-8. It will be enhanced further with a 4km tunnel from Sector 21 Dwarka to terminal T3 of IGI airport. The government has floated a tender for the overpass at Kherki Daula in Gurgaon and welcomed bids from consultants for building the tunnel.

In addition to the underpass and intersection flyover, NHAI has also proposed several flyovers with the expressway for smooth traffic, from NH-8 at Kherki Daula to Dwarka, to add alternative roadways to NH-8 for Dwarka, West Delhi and North Delhi.

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