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Gurugram’s SPR set for revamp, to get 3 flyovers, 2 underpasses

The Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) is set to get a revamp with three flyovers and two underpasses at crucial junctions, as well as a refurbishing of the road surface, which is currently in a state of disrepair. These plans were announced at the third executive meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) on Wednesday.

The main areas to be revamped include the stretch from the Delhi-Jaipur Road to Vatika Chowk, and the ensuing distance from Vatika Chowk to Ghata village in Sectors 55/56. According to traffic surveys conducted by the GMDA, over 3,600 vehicles use this stretch every hour, putting it high on the GMDA’s priority.

In addition, the SPR is set to get two underpasses, one at Vatika Chowk and the other at the Sector 55/56 intersection. There are also plans for three flyovers to ease traffic congestion at Rajesh Pilot Chowk, Tigra Mod, and the four-lane intersection between Sectors 49/50 and 65/66. A total of Rs 281.86 crore has been allotted to these projects. These developments are part of the GMDA’s larger plans to turn the SPR into an arterial road and ease the flow of traffic on National Highway 48.

Last month, a committee of officials from the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), formerly Huda, the district revenue department and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) met to demarcate land for construction of a cloverleaf to connect the SPR with the Dwarka Expressway.

These developments, officials said, will help the development of both residential and commercial real estate projects along the SPR, which have so far languished due to the lack of proper road infrastructure. The areas to benefit from this include commercial sectors 74 and 75, residential sectors 63A to 67, and sectors 49 to 66.

A senior member of the GMDA said, “The underlying idea here is to develop both the SPR and NPR (Northern Peripheral Expressway, commonly known as Dwarka Expressway) simultaneously. These areas have suffered for long due to the lack of basic infrastructure, but simple improvements like these will come to the rescue of homeowners in the area.” The official declined to comment on the time frame in which these projects are expected to be completed.

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After Delhi Govt nod, NHAI awards work on package two to contractor

After the Delhi government’s approval to the much-delayed package two of the Dwarka Expressway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has granted the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) to a contractor to start work on the same.

The work on the 4.5-km long elevated road from Dwarka Sector 21 underpass to the Haryana border has been delayed by nearly two years because of the Delhi government’s reservations over cutting trees in the forested area. It was only after the union transport ministry and NHAI agreed to transplant a large number of trees and commit to compensatory forestation, did the Arvind Kejriwal government give its assent.

Manoj Kumar, chief general manager, NHAI said the LOA was granted to the contractor on Friday and they expect work to start very soon. “All efforts are being made to ensure that work on this section commences at the earliest,” he said.

On July 17, the Delhi government had given the go-ahead for felling and transplanting trees, which fell on the Expressway’s right of way. The NHAI has agreed to bear the cost of afforestation, transplantation and providing land for the purpose, officials said.


6 Lakh Homes Delayed by 6 Years or More: Study

The number of housing units that were launched in or before 2013 and have still not been completed is nearly 6 lakh nationally, a majority of which is predictably in our two largest economic hubs of Delhi-NCR and MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region), a study shows.

The numbers reflect the chronic problems in the real estate sector, and the institutional failure to secure the interests of homebuyers, who have been fighting long legal battles for properties they have legally bought.

This is why real estate watchers have welcomed as a landmark ruling the Supreme Court’s order earlier this week removing Amrapali, which is accused of large-scale diversion of funds, from its projects and bringing in the state-run NBCC to complete them.

Research carried out by property consultants Anarock shows 5,75,900 housing units launched in 2013 or before that are still stuck in various stages of construction across Indian cities. These properties are collectively worth a whopping Rs 4,64,300 crore. And while Delhi-NCR accounts for 2 lakh of these delayed homes, MMR isn’t doing any better with 2.1 lakh homes in the waiting list.

Besides, as many as 220 projects, accounting for 1.74 lakh units, are completely stalled in the top seven cities studied (Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune, besides MMR and Delhi-NCR). These projects, the study found, are not currently seeing any construction activity. Most of these projects have been grounded due to liquidity issues.

Around 1.15 lakh units, or 66%, of these stalled units have already been sold to buyers who have been left in the lurch — at the mercy of the developer or the law of the land. The collective value of highly-delayed units in MMR and Delhi- NCR is a whopping around Rs 3,60,000 crore. Hyderabad has seen the least project delays during the period, with around 8,900 units worth Rs 5,500 crore still on the wait list.

Out of 2 lakh units stuck in Delhi-NCR, 1.18 lakh units are in 67 projects where no work is currently on, the study found. Of these, 83,470 units have already been sold. The bulk of the stuck projects in Delhi-NCR is in Greater Noida (1 lakh), followed by Noida (42,500). Though a premium market, Gurugram’s inventory stack-up is relatively lower, at 22,000.

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Amrapali Residents Can Now Get Water Electricity Connection All Amenities

NOIDA: Residents in Amrapali projects like Sapphire, Silicon City, Zodiac and Leisure Park, who have moved into their new homes but struggled with basic amenities like power and water connections, fire safety and functional lifts for several years, can now expect these problems to be fixed and a fresh tripartite agreement to be signed between the Noida or Greater Noida authorities, Court Receiver and the homebuyer.

The agreement will allow completion certificates to be issued, which would, in turn, pave the way for all amenities to be provided to the societies. The societies where construction has otherwise been completed should get completion certificates from the Noida and Greater Noida authorities within a month.

In its ruling earlier this week bringing in the public sector construction giant, NBCC, to complete Amrapali’s projects, the Supreme Court also ordered completion certificates to be issued irrespective of the dues that Amrapali owes to the Noida and Greater Noida authorities. Both bodies have to create registered conveyance deeds in favour of buyers as well. The water and electricity departments have been asked to provide the necessary connections.

Around 7,000 residents in multiple Amrapali projects are at present living without completion certificates. The order, which industry watchers and home buyers have welcomed as one that sets a benchmark in how to deal with vexed real estate problems, has brought relief to these residents as much as it has to those waiting for their flats.

Amrapali handed over keys and no-objection certificates to them after they cleared all their dues. However, it did not fully complete the buildings, leaving gaps in amenities like water supply, sewage treatment, fire safety and lifts. One of the conditions of the completion certificate is that all amenities in a project must be in place.

“According to the Supreme Court order, residents already in possession of their flats but without completion and occupation certificates would be given the completion certificates after NBCC fills the existing gaps. A tripartite agreement between buyers, the authorities and Court Receiver would then be made,” said Chirojeet Mukherjee, the advocate representing a section of buyers of Sapphire Phase I at the Supreme Court.

RN Ramesh, a residents of Sapphire Phase I, added, “Even as we have been living in these flats, we do not have regular water connections. The lifts are also not fully functional and there are plenty of other gaps like fire hydrants not being in place. We had filed a plea in the Supreme Court in 2018 that we be given the completion certificate as only minor work is left. Hopefully, that will come about now.”

There are other incomplete projects like Zodiac and Princely Estate where buyers have moved in but the amenities haven’t followed as several towers are incomplete. “The apartments are now in dismal condition because there is no maintenance. There are several security and safety lapses as well. We hope these factors are also kept in mind while offering completion certificates,” said Joginder Singh, who has a flat in Zodiac.

Asked about steps being taken to issue completion certificates, a Noida Authority official said, “We will follow the order of the honourable court and carry out the formalities as desired of us.”

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Garhi Harsaru to be upgraded as Gurugram’s main railway station, link 5 lines

GURUGRAM: Giving a major boost to rail connectivity in the region, the state government has decided to redevelop Garhi Harsaru as the city’s main railway station. The station will connect five railway lines — Rohtak, Rewari, Ambala-Chandigarh, Mathura and Jaipur. According to Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (HRIDC) officials, the proposal has been approved by state cabinet and work is underway on the initial draft plan.

“With the orbit rail project coming up, Gurugram will need a station that can handle the rail traffic as well as the increased footfall. Hence, it was decided to redevelop a station to fulfill the infrastructure needs,” said Dinesh Deshwal, MD, HRIDC.

Deshwal added that they had first thought of redeveloping the Basai Dhankot station. However, GMDA officials apprised them of concerns regarding land acquisition there. Consequently, Garhi Harsaru was chosen instead.

“Gari Harsaru has a major advantage as it will connect both NH-8 and Dwarka Expressway which will be beneficial to lakhs of commuters in the city,” said a senior GMDA official. The car shed for coaches proposed by Indian Railways in Bijwasan will be used for the Garhi Harsaru station as well. Talking about the project details, Deshwal said the specifics are yet to be worked out and there will be more clarity on the cost and the scale in the next few months. “The redevelopment of the railway station is an add-on to the orbit rail project. While it has been approved by the state cabinet, we are still figuring out the other details,” he said.

In terms of connectivity, he said that the whole objective of the orbit rail project running along KMP is to connect several lines. This station will be the nodal station for all those lines. “Once the connections have been made, people will not need to go to Delhi for catching trains on multiple routes,” said Deshwal.

There has long been a demand to improve railway connectivity between Gurugram and other major cities, especially Panchkula. The development will come as a relief to commuters regularly travelling between the Millennium City and the state capital.

The Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project — a new double rail line from Sonipat to Palwal — will have 17 stations connecting Harsana Kalan in Sonipat and Palwal through Badli, Manesar and Sohna. The 95-km line will run along the Kundli-Manesar expressway and is aimed at reducing the commercial traffic on the route.