Road that could’ve been Dwarka e-way alternative

GURUGRAM: A 20-km road, which was proposed to be upgraded as a thoroughfare to improve connectivity between Dwarka in Delhi and Manesar about a decade ago, is still awaiting revamp.


The hold-up has denied lakhs of commuters between the two cities a viable alternative road as the Dwarka Expressway awaits completion.


The vital road — that starts from Najafgarh Road in Delhi, enters Gurugram in Sectors 114 and 115, and runs parallel to Dwarka Expressway — was to be upgraded as a 75m-wide thoroughfare as part of the final development plan of Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex. The road, once developed, would provide a smooth alternative stretch to Dwarka Expressway and various sectors in the area. But neither Haryana nor Delhi has taken any step to upgrade the road so far.


A senior official at the department of town and country planning, Haryana, said a 2km stretch of the road in question fell in Bamnoli and Raghopur villages of Delhi, and has been a major hurdle for the project. In Gurugram, the state government has already acquired land for the road that passes through sectors 114, 115, 106, 108 and 103, among others, and goes towards Manesar, he said.


Sources said the chief coordinator planner (NCR), Haryana’s town and country planning department, had first raised the matter with the vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in 2008, seeking his help to connect the road to Najafgarh Road in Delhi territory. The Delhi government’s help was sought mainly because the 2km stretch — one portion before entering Gurugramand another between Gurugram’s sectors 114 and 109 — falls in Zone-L and Zone-K (II) of Delhi’s Zonal Development Plan. But till date, this road segment has not been included in the Delhi Master Plan.


Credai (NCR), an apex body of real estate developers, had in the past approached the urban development ministry, alleging lack of communication between the master planners of Delhi and Haryana, but in vain. A Credai official said homebuyers of more than 20 residential projects, including those of Chintels, Raheja, Adani, BPTP and Indiabulls, among others, would have benefited from the widening of this road.


Prashant Solomon, the managing director, Chintels group, told TOI, “Dwarka Expressway is a major connector and should be completed in over a year. But there is another road, which is being used by thousands of commuters from Dwarka and west Delhi to go towards Manesar even now.”


“But due to lack of coordination between government agencies, the stretch could not be developed even in 10 years. The small stretch of the road is falling in Delhi’s Bamnoli and Raghopur villages and is needed to be included in the Delhi Master Plan. The stretch is crucial for the development of the entire road as an alternative to NH-8,” he said.

Naveen Raheja, CMD of Raheja developers, said Haryana had already paid landowners on the stretch dividing sectors 114 and 115, but work had not started yet. “Unlike other roads caught in litigations, there is no legal hurdle in widening and repairing this particular road,” he said. Gurbinder Dhillon, a resident of A1801 in Chintels Paradiso in Sector 109, said “Dwarka Expressway is an important road. But if upgraded, the road (in question) will solve a lot of problems. And the road is already there and only needs widening and repairing.”


Jagjeet Singhi, who lives in International City in Sector 109, said, “Haryana and Delhi governments must coordinate and revamp the road that will benefit over 1 lakh homebuyers.” Sources at Huda said the upgrade work on the Gurugram portion of the road was expected to start very soon.


Source: Times of India
Dated: 23rd March 2018

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