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Dwarka Expressway Construction Update

NHAI Contractors Seek Permission to Reconstruct on Dwarka Expressway

NHAI contractors seek permission to reconstruct the work on the projects on Dwarka Expressway , GURGAON

Contractors have written to the respective for the Dwarka Expressway project to district administrations requesting permission to resume construction work following NHAI’s appeal for relaxation of Covid-19 Lockdown Norms.

 

The contractors and NHAI officials have stressed that the work has already been delayed, and combined with the upcoming monsoon followed by months of peak pollution when construction activities are banned, the whole year would be wasted. this may hurt the govt because the project cost will increase . On April 15, the ministry of home affairs ordered that construction work can resume from April 20 “where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside.

 

Following this order, NHAI told contractors that they might resume work provided district administration gives them a go-ahead. “Around 1,600 workers are residing at our camps. the development activities to be executed are highly hooked in to machinery and involves construction within a closed camp premises, wherein, a single-point entry shall be permitted by ensuring complete For package 2 work, the contractor pledged, “our various staff and laboures are currently stationed at the project or its vicinity in various camps/guesthouses, and no outside staff shall be brought for operation of the development activities.” District administration claimed that these requests are being evaluated and appropriate directions are likely to follow

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.

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A Marginal Appreciation On Dwarka Expressway

Improving infrastructure, a few completed projects, and entry of established players and well-known brands have brought back investors’ and buyers’ confidence in this micromarket.

A recent development has made the sector hopeful of good festival sales on Dwarka Expressway.

Recently, construction over the link road connecting Dwarka’s Sector 22 and Dwarka Expressway sectors has begun. Once complete, Delhi’s Dwarka region will have direct access to Sectors 99-115 on Dwarka Expressway.

News of the completion of the road at several joints, in several patches, has already sent lifted the mood of realtors and developers here. Consequently, this micromarket has made a comeback of sorts in the past nine months, in terms of sales. This has sent prices up, though marginal, in the last one year.

“Sales across Dwarka Expressway have seen an increase in the recent past owing to the recent decision of the government to open up the bypass road, leading to better connectivity in the region. Alongside, some important infrastructural developments like the RRTS and the proposed DMRC project have given a boost demand here. This is over and above the locational advantage that the region has due to its proximity to Manesar and Gurugram,” Ashish Sarin, CEO of AlphaCorp, said.

While developers are excited about the development, experts shared some concerns. “As anticipated, there was a spurt in real estate activity over the years. No wonder 34,420 units have been launched between 2013 and the first half of 2019 here, across various budget segments. However, since the expressway project has missed many deadlines and is still incomplete, infrastructure in many of the areas along the expressway has failed to kick off as expected. Since a 93% of the projects are still under various stages of construction, the pace of development has been rather slow,” Santosh Kumar, vice-chairman of Anarock Property Consultants, said.

“Delay in the construction of the expressway has affected the sale of units in this micromarket. However, homebuyers are trickling back after the area saw a few completions and entry of some good developers,” Samantak Das, chief economist and head of research and REIS, JLL India, says.

QUANTUM OF PRICE RISE

According to the data from property listings portal, magicbricks.com, the average rate since September 2018 has

seen an increase of Rs 600-900 per sq ft to reach the levels of Rs 5,900-6,000 per sq ft range in September 2019.

What is on offer?

On offer are 2-, 3-, 4 and 5 BHK units of 750 to 4,000 sq ft. The region offers apartments for all categories of buyers — budget, mid-income, and upper mid-income housing segment. ANAROCK data shows that among the overall launched units since 2016, at least 49% are in the budget segment (less that Rs 40 lakh), followed by 26% in the high-income segment of Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore.

Many companies, including DLF Ltd, Chintels India, Experion Developers, Emaar, Puri Constructions, Sobha, and Shapoorji Pallonji launched projects in the region.

Plotted development are also on offer, in the range of Rs 40,000 per sq yard to Rs 45,000 per sq yard, which have seen drop in rates.

“A number of enquiries come for plotted development. People with deep pockets still prefer plotted development, as it gives them the flexibility to design, build, and develop more on the available FAR,” Nikhil Kalra, a real estate consultant in the region, said.

“Improved connectivity has caught the attention of buyers and developers, which has led to increase in sale,” Rahul Singla, director of Mapsko Group, says.

But delivery of incomplete projects and those under construction holds the key to success. Despite challenges, the region may see good supply in the next two years.

“As for the prospects, a lot will depend on when the expressway is finally complete, as this will help in building infrastructure in and around the region as well. Moreover, if all goes as planned, we will see more than 20,300 housing units ready for possession within the next two years in the region. This will eventually help in improving the overall liveability of the region and boost its real estate prospects,” Kumar of Anarock said.

Developers are hopeful that the current festival season will help push sales further.

“With the focus of all developers now shifting to on-time deliveries, response to the projects here has been overwhelming, as buyers are now witnessing the potential that the area has. There are some bottlenecks here, but the authorities have taken measures to rectify them, which will raise demand in the region further,” Sarin of AlphaCorp said.

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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.

DWARKA EXPRESSWAY NEWS

Delhi govt gives NHAI go-ahead for Dwarka expressway Package-2

The much-delayed package two of the Dwarka Expressway has received the Delhi government’s approval and work on this stretch is likely to start next month, officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The permission for transplanting and cutting trees on this stretch was granted last week by the forest department of the Delhi government, confirmed a senior official in the Union ministry for road transport and highways on Tuesday.

The 29.1-km Dwarka Expressway will connect Shiv Murti at Mahipalpur to a point near Kherki Daula toll plaza, and further connect the Southern Peripheral Road with Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway through an interchange.

Package one and two of the Dwarka Expressway are part of the 11-km Delhi corridor (the remaining 18.1-km falls in Haryana) and these have been delayed by over 1.8 years because of the Delhi government’s reservations on cutting around 6,500 fully grown trees falling on the road’s alignment.

The Delhi government approved the package last week, with stringent conditions for transplantation and compensatory forestation, after repeated submissions by the Union transport ministry and groups of homebuyers who have invested in areas along this expressway, NHAI officials said.

News

NHAI chief general manager Manoj Kumar confirmed that approval for package two has been received and it would take a month’s time to start work. “We have got the approval to shift the trees; work will start soon on package two,” he said.

As per the consent received from the Delhi government, NHAI officials said that they will transplant around 3,500 trees and another 3,000 will be felled for which compensatory afforestation will be done. For the plantation drive, the NHAI has identified chunks of land along the Dwarka Expressway and Yamuna floodplains, officials said, adding that some plantation would also be done on land identified by DDA and the Delhi forest department.

“The highways authority will follow the norms set by the Delhi government and ensure that trees are transplanted safely. For every tree that is felled, we will plant 10 times the number and ensure it survives by ensuring maintenance and care for next five years,” said a senior NHAI official on the condition of anonymity.

Dwarka Expressway is being developed in four packages. Package two is a 4.5-km-long elevated road from Dwarka Sector 21 underpass to the Haryana border. It will comprise separate elevated structures, which will run parallel to each other and have a large interchange to provide connectivity to Gurugram from Najafgarh, Dwarka and west Delhi. There will be eight elevated lanes and six surface lanes with multiple entry and exit points from Urban Estate Road-2 and the India International Convention Centre in Dwarka Sector-25.

Approval for package one, which comprises of 5.3-km stretch from Shiv Murti on NH48 to rail underbridge near Sector 21 is still awaited. Work on packages three and four, which fall in Gurugram, has started and the highway contractor L&T said they are on schedule to complete the road by end of 2020.

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