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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.

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