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Kherki Daula toll plaza Gurgaon

Govt. Gets Land Kherki-Daula Toll Plaza to be Shifted To Pachgaon

The Kherki Daula Toll Plaza will soon move out of Gurugram’s city limits, to another location almost 15km down the Jaipur highway, senior government officials said on Wednesday. The officials said the Punjab and Haryana high court had allowed the state government to take over 50 acres of land in Pachgaon to move the toll plaza there.

This will bring huge relief to thousands of residents living in Gurugram’s new sectors, especially those around the Dwarka Expressway who have had to absurdly pay toll for commuting from one part of the city to another. Residents’ groups have been agitating for the removal of the toll plaza for years.

The toll plaza at  Kherki Daula on the Delhi-Jaipur highway is the only one that remains in the immediate vicinity of Delhi, not counting the MCD toll booths for commercial vehicles. The Sirhaul toll plaza was removed in February 2014 and the Noida’s DND toll in October 2016. But this one doggedly remained in the face of frequent protests. It became a major issue in the recently concluded assembly election: BJP eventually lost the seat, Badshapur, to Independent candidate Rakesh Daultabad.

Officials told TOI that the high court’s order, delivered by a two-judge bench of justices Manjuri Nehru and Rajan Gupta, was passed in an ongoing dispute between the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and land owners after two days of back-to-back arguments.

“After a long judicial process with multiple hearing dates, we got the much-need land for constructing the toll plaza in Pachgaon. All the departments concerned played their part in providing relevant documents to support the arguments in the court,” said a senior government officer. Another state government officer added, “An action plan will be devised once the final order is out. And if things get going and all necessary clearances and acquisition are done timely, it will take about 3-4 months to build the structure of the toll plaza on the land in Pachgaon.”

Initially, the Kherki Daula toll plaza was supposed to be shifted to Sehrawan but the plan was changed after environmentalists protested, saying the area was a wildlife corridor. Later, Pachgaon was identified for this purpose and a 36-lane toll plaza planned there.

While HSIIDC has about 38 acres of land in Pachgaon to give NHAI to set up the toll plaza, the remaining land was stuck in litigation. The case dates back to 2014 when land owners moved the high court against a government land acquisition bid, claiming 1,128 acres in Pachgaon were agricultural land, and could not be used for development projects.

The fate of the main case is yet to be decided. “The court has given order to release 50 acres of land for shifting the Kherki Daula toll to Panchgaon on the basis of our public interest petition filed in January 2019. Hopefully, the state government will now transfer the land to NHAI,” said Ashok Kumar Malik, president of the United Association of New Gurugram.

Over the years, the fight inside and outside of the court became intense, with residents persisting for a solution. Last month, residents of sectors 81 to 115 paved a 300-metre shortcut to bypass the toll plaza. But the very next day, the toll concessionaire, with the help of police, dismantled the road. Residents took to the streets and protested. Gram panchayats lent their support too, making it a big issue before the polls.

Gurugram Bajghera flyover

Gurugram’s Bajghera flyover to open on August 18

The Public Works Department (PWD) said on Sunday that the flyover and the underpass constructed over Delhi-Rewari railway line at Bajghera crossing will be opened for traffic on August 18. Traffic will be allowed to use the railway crossing almost after 32 months.

A team of senior officials of the PWD and the Indian Railways visited the site on Wednesday.

Chandra Mohan, superintending engineer, PWD, said, “We have finished 95% work till date and our men are working day and night to finish the remaining 5% before August 15 so that the flyover and the underpass can be inaugurated on August 18.”

In December 2016, the PWD commenced construction of the flyover and the underpass. Work was likely to be completed in December 2018. After construction began, local and inter-city traffic between Delhi and Gurugram, via Bajghera railway crossing, was blocked and diverted towards Daulatabad flyover and the Chauma railway crossing. As a result of this closure, traffic movement was badly affected. The local traffic of areas situated on both side of the Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari railway line, such as Palam Vihar, New Palam Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Sector 110-A, 115, Mahindra Aura and sectors 21, 22, 23, struggled to cross the manually managed Chauma railway crossing.

The residents of the area have been waiting eagerly for the opening of the flyover and the underpass that, they hope, will bring an end to their prolonged harassment. “After the Bajghera railway crossing was blocked, we crossed the railway line at Chauma near DPSG School at Palam Vihar. The Chauma railway crossing is manually managed by the Indian Railways and approach road on both side of the railway line is full of knee-deep potholes. It is terrible to cross this railway line and commute through potholed approach roads, but we have no other option,” said Parminder Thapa, New Palam Vihar resident.

The central portion of underpass and flyover has been constructed by the Indian Railways while the PWD has constructed the approach roads. Under pressure from residents, the underpass was announced to be opened for traffic on June 30 by the PWD and the Indian Railways.

“Now the ball is in the court of the state government (PWD) to complete approach roads and open it for traffic,” said Desh Rattan Gupta, chief engineer, Northern Railways.

Huda Clears Legal Hurdles, to Hand Over Dwarka Expressway Project to NHAI

The total 18 km length of Northern Peripheral road (Dwarka expressway) in Gurgaon, 15 km road is complete with bituminous work and rest length three kilometer is remaining in New Palam Vihar and at kherki daula still, in Gurgaon, India.(HT File Photo)

Dwarka Expressway

was planned in 2006 and it was expected to be completed by 2010. However, the project ran into hurdles galore and remained stuck due to cases filed by plot owners whose land was acquired.

The total 18 km length of Northern Peripheral road (Dwarka expressway) in Gurgaon, 15 km road is complete with bituminous work and rest length three kilometer is remaining in New Palam Vihar and at kherki daula still, in Gurgaon, India.(HT File Photo)

After several missed deadlines, legal hassles and protests by plot owners, the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) on Saturday said that it was ready to hand over the Dwarka Expressway carriageway project to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The NHAI will finish the project.

Dwarka Expressway

was planned in 2006 and it was expected to be completed by 2010. However, the project ran into hurdles galore and remained stuck due to cases filed by plot owners whose land was acquired.

Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator, HSVP, formerly known as the Haryana urban development authority (Huda), Gurugram, said that they have finally overcome all obstacles and have settled legal issues that bedevilled the project. He said the authority is ready to transfer the land to the NHAI as and when it desires.

“The land has already been transferred in revenue records to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), which will be technically transferring the carriageway to the NHAI. All structures have been removed and alternative arrangements made for oustees as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court,” he added.

However, there may be some time before construction work can start.

While HSVP might have cleared the path for transfer of land, officials of the highways authority said that it was still waiting for clearances from different departments before it takes over the carriageway.

“This project is a top priority and multiple processes are involved in implementing it. As permissions from two states and multiple agencies are needed, we are working at the highest level to fix all ends,” said an NHAI official, who is not authorised to speak to the media.

The expressway spans 29 km and connects Shivmurti near Mahipalpur on National Highway 48 in Delhi to a point, 1km from Kherki Daula toll plaza, on the same road.

The NHAI will be building an eight-lane elevated road, underpasses at 10 points and four interchanges at Sector 84 and 88 dividing road in Gurugram, the Southern Peripherical Road junction, Dwarka Sector 25 and Shiv Murti in Delhi.

The project will be funded under the National Corridor Efficiency Improvement Programme.

The state government has been desperate to complete the Dwarka Expressway project, as the long delay has put the Gurugram -Manesar Urban Complex Masterplan, 2031 in jeopardy.

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The proposed expressway had resulted in a real estate boom in New Gurugram, as thousands of flats were launched on both sides of the road. However, the long delay hit the realty market hard.

Real estate consultants complain that failure to complete the expressway and inability to develop basic infrastructure along the road has hurt the interest of both end users as well as investors in Gurugram.

Khare, however, said that there would no more delay on handing over the carriageway to the highways authority.

“The expressway project was mired in several litigations. However, after the May 29 order, we worked on a war footing and managed to rehabilitate all the oustees. We will give all support to the NHAI in completing the project at the earliest,” he said.

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