GURUGRAM: National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) finally issued notification granting national highway status to 28 km long Dwarka Expressway starting from Shiv Murti in Delhi to Kherki Daula in Gurugram. The notification has come after over a year of announcement made by Union minister Nitin Gadkari to grant NH status to expressway.
With this notification NHAI has also specified the speed limit of 80kmph on Dwarka Expressway, once completed the road will emerge as an alternate route between Delhi-Gurgaon and it is expected to reduce the traffic load on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. The move is also expected to expedite the completion of this much delayed project.
Following the request of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar during Global Investor Summit in March 2016 union minister has announced to give NH status to the road. Later in May 2016 MoRTH has given in-principal approval to Dwarka Expressway, now finally NHAI has issued notification in this regard.
Developers are excited with the development. “We welcome the move as this will allow a positive drift in the momentum for Gurugram’s real estate market. NH status will boost infrastructure development of the area and likely to promote investment in new Gurugram,” said director of Mapsko, Rahul Singla.
Terming it a landmark development, official spokesperson of Emaar India, said, “Expressway has great potential due to its proximity with international airport, NH8 and SPR.”
According to notification 28 km long Dwarka Expressway starts from Shiv Murti in Delhi on NH-8 passes through UER-II (parallel to Terminal-3 of Delhi Airport) up to Barthal Chowk (junction of sector 25-26 Dwarka) then it will take left turn and go straight up to Kherki Daula in Gurugram and it culminates on NH-8, around one km before Khrki Daula toll plaza at SPR, CPR junction.
The 18.1 km stretch of the road is in Gurugram and rest in Delhi. In Gurugram only, around 1.4 km stretch in New Palam Vihar (around 1 km) and Kherki Daula village (around 400 metre) needs to be constructed. While in Delhi 6.5 km stretch from Shiv Murti to Bharthal Chowk is part of UER-II (no need for construction) and remaining 3.4 km stretch from Bharthal Chowk (junction of Dwarka sector 25-26) to Delh-Haryana border needs to be constructed.
According to NHAI official for this 3.4 km stretch in Delhi, authority has started land acquisition for 2.1 km stretch. Rest of the land is under DDA, which will be handed over to NHAI. “NHAI has started land acquisition process in Village Bamnauli and Bijawan. Total of around 24 hectares of land will be acquired to complete the Delhi portion of the expressway,” said the official.The horizontal alignment of the road is designed for 80 kmph speed in general. The main carriageway is proposed to be of 8-lane with 3-lane service road on either side. At the intersections flyover has been proposed. In order to avoid traffic jam in future at crossing and junctions NHAI will construct underpass at such spots. “All the major cross road including existing and proposed master road of sectors are supposed to have 4-lane underpasses for smooth movement of traffic,” said the official.