Work had been stuck since January 2022 as the parcel of land was yet to be acquired. With the clearing of the last hurdle, the four-lane underpass, once complete, will directly link new sectors to NH-8 via the expressway.
According to the NHAI officials, the highways authority has received the land from HSVP. “Last week, HSVP handed over 3 kanals of land to NHAI for the construction of the underpass. All machinery and manpower will be deployed for the construction of the remaining portion. It will take at least six months to complete the work,” an official said.
Work was halted after the underpass was almost 70% complete last year as a landowner didn’t allow the construction of the approach road to the structure over a compensation dispute. The 600m underpass is a part of the Dwarka Expressway and passes below it and connects sectors 102 and 102A to sectors 101, 104, 9, 10 and further Hero Honda Chowk.
Earlier, GMDA had also submitted a proposal for acquisition of land under Haryana Consolidation of Project Land (Special Provisions) Act, 2017. In June this year, NHAI constructed slip roads along the underpass on the eastern side of Dwarka Expressway to facilitate traffic coming from the Basai railway overbridge being constructed by GMDA.
Meanwhile, residents sought speedy completion of the underpass. “We have been chasing authorities for this vital link for a long time. Some provisions should be made for a temporary motorable service lane till the time the underpass is opened to the public,” said Sunil Sareen, ex-president of Imperial Gardens RWA.
“School children of societies in sectors 102, 102A, 103 and nearby villages are suffering a lot as they have to take long detours to reach school. Moreover, the revenue road is narrow and is frequented by heavy commercial vehicles, which often triggers traffic snarls in the vicinity,” said Amit Yadav, another resident.
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