Dwarka Expressway

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Northern Peripheral Road (NH 248-BB)
Dwarka Expressway
Route information
Length27.6 km (17.1 mi)
Major junctions
FromShiv Murti, Mahipalpur, Delhi
ToKherki Daula Toll Plaza, Gurgaon
Location
StatesDelhi, Haryana
Highway system
Construction on Dwarka Expressway or Northern Peripheral Road

Northern Peripheral Road or NH 248-BB, commonly known as Dwarka Expressway is a 27.6 km (17.1 mi) long, under construction, 8-lane, controlled-access highway connecting Dwarka in Delhi to Gurugram in Haryana. The expressway will take off from Km 20 of NH-48 (old NH-8) at Shiv Murti in Mahipalpur in Delhi and terminate at Km 40 of NH-48 near Kherki Daula Toll Plaza in Gurugram in Haryana.[1] The NPR has been planned as an alternate road link between Delhi and Gurgaon, and is expected to ease the traffic situation on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.[2] The expressway was initially planned to be 18 km (11 mi) long and was expected to open by 2012 but land acquisition issues delayed the project.[3]

Entire project, costing INR 7,500 crore was planned in 2006, contract was awarded in 2011. Of the original 18km project, 14 km were completed by 2016. Several more kilometer route was added to the scope of the project as an extension. Various parts of the project remained delayed due to land acquisition and tree transplantation hurdles, resulting in the intervention from the Prime Minster's office in Nov 2018 to resolve the pending issues. Subsequently, the land for the 10 km section was handed by the Haryana and Delhi, AAI and HSVP were in the process of expediting the resolution in December 2018.[4]

One of the cause of delay was due to NHAI's need for the land from DDA to transplant 13,000 trees from the route alignment, which in Nov 2018 Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal agreed to provide promptly along with other necessary clearances.[4] In December, Haryana too handed over the land for 10 km route to NHAI and was in process of handing over the remaining land for the 4 km route by 31st December 2018.[5] Earlier in January 2018, AAI too had agreed to sell their land to NHAI for the route fallling on their land.[6] Put together all of this takes care of the land needed for the entire route from various parties i.e. AAI, DDA and HSVP.

History[edit]

The Northern Peripheral Road was envisaged as an alternate route for connecting Dwarka and Gurgaon in 2006.[7] It would have been 18 km long, signal-free road, with 14 km in Gurgaon and rest in Delhi. A 3.2 km long Central Peripheral Road (CPR) was planned to connect it to Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) at Kherki Daula on NH-48. [8] Land acquisition started in 2007-08.[9] The construction contract was given to JSR Construction Private Ltd and India Bulls Private Ltd in April 2011 and the completion date was set to be 31 March 2012.[10] The project missed the deadline as a 4 km stretch of the route faced land acquisition hurdles in the New Palam Vihar and sectors 100, 102, 103, among others.[11] The Punjab and Haryana High Court disposed of the petitions in May 2015.[9][12] In June 2016, the project was acquired by National Highways Authority of India and road was renamed National Highway 248-BB.[13] By that time, 14 km stretch of the expressway with six lanes had been completed.[14] The scope of the project was expanded and the proposed Central Peripheral Road (CPR) and 6.3 km long section of Urban Extension Road-II (UER II) were included as part of the expressway. [15] But construction couldn't be started immediately as HUDA wasn't able to hand over land to NHAI due to the matter of allotment of alternate plots to oustees being heard in Punjab and Haryana High Court.[16] On 28 May 2018, the High Court directed HUDA to allot alternate houses to 72 oustees, holding General Power of Attorney or Special Power of Attorney, within two weeks and thus allowing the authority to demolish remaining houses and hand over the land to NHAI.[17]

Route and construction[edit]

This 29 km long project, 18.9 in Gurugram and 10.1 km in Delhi, is expected to be completed by May 2021.[5] Work on haryana portion can commence as of Dec 2018. Delhi has provided the land but yet to provide the forests clearance as of December 2018. Ruote alignment and phases/packages of this expressway being built by NHAI are as follows:

  • Package 1 - in Delhi: Mahipalpur Shiv Murti cloverlead interchange to Bijwasan railway station rail underbridge:
    This stretch will be 5.3 km long starting from Shiv Murti at NH-8 (old numbering, now called NH48) and ending at the approach of the Rail under Bridge near Sector 21, Dwarka. 3.5 km of this will be a deep tunnel running under the runway, which will cost INR1000 crore.[5]
    Status in May 2018 - tenderding: Tender will be awarded by December 2018 with target completion date of May 2021.[5]
  • Package 2 - in Delhi: Bijwasan rail underbridge to Delhi-Haryana Border:
    This 4.2 km long stretch will be between Km 5.3 at the Rail under Bridge and Km 9.5 at the Delhi Haryana border on the expressway.
    Status in December 2018 - tender awarded: Tender has been awarded.[18]
  • Package 3 - in Gurugram: Delhi-Haryana Border to approach of rail overbridge in Basai:
    This stretch will be 10.2 km long between Km 9.5 to Km 19.5 of the expressway. The road will pass through Sectors 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 109, 110, 111, 112 and 113 in Gurgaon. Since this section has continuous intersection of sector roads, most of the stretch will be constructed as elevated dual carriageway of 4 lanes each.[19] The service roads will run beneath the main carriageway and will be elevated at all major junctions. The crossroads will also be depressed with underpasses at all major junctions.[15] It will cost INR 1,333 crore and tenders have been awarded already.
    Status: Construction commenced in December 2018 after the entire land (9- meter wide and 10.2 km long) was handed over to NHAI by the HSVP in December.[18]
  • Package 4 - in Gurugram: Basai rail overbridge to Kherki Daula Toll Plaza:
    This 8.77 km stretch will start from Rail over Bridge at Basai and end at a cloverleaf interchange near Kherki Daula at Km 40 of the NH-48, thus including the route originally planned for the CPR. As per NHAI website, this eight-lane Expressway (NH-248 BB) will be constructed on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 1047.007 crore. The 8.76 km stretch will be constructed by M/s Larsen and Toubro Ltd. The project consists of an 8-lane elevated structure for main carriageway of Dwarka Expressway, Trumpet Interchange for Manesar Road and Cloverleaf interchange with NH-8-SPR intersection. The completion period of the project is two years (Mid year 2020) with maintenance period of four years. Under the project, a minor bridge will be widened, additional ROBs, five VUP, six Bus Bays with Bus Shelter will be erected and four Junction Improvements will be carried out.[20] Status: Construction commenced in December 2018 after the entire land (9- meter wide and 10.2 km long) was handed over to NHAI by the HSVP in December.[21]


  • Package 5 - in Delhi: Dwarka Expressway (Mahipalpur Shiv Moorti) to IGI Airport T3 Tunnel (also called Delhi Airport Tunnel Expressway):
    An east-to-west running new 4-lane shallow 1.5 km tunnel costing INR350 crore being built from north-to-south as part of Dwarka Expressway to Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. Vasant Kunj, IIT, Munirka and Mehrauli.[5][22] It will benefit commuters from the Vasant Kunj, IIT Delhi, Munirka and Mehrauli.[5]
    Status in Jan 2018 - land sale agreed: AAI agreed to sell the required land to NHAI at market price.[6] In April 2018, NHAi announced they will award the contact in May 2018 which will be completed within 3 years i.e May 2021.[5]

Route alignment[edit]

The route alignment to the west of Gurugram is as follows:[23][24][25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b PM's office may step in to resolve delays in Dwarka Expressway project, Hindustan Times, 20 Nov 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Delhi: IGI to get 2 new approach roads in 3 years, Times of India, April 2018.
  6. ^ a b IGI land to highway body for Dwarka Expressway?, Asian Age, Jan 2018.
  7. ^ Behl, Abhishek (2016-01-11). "Khattar orders completion of Dwarka e-way by June 2017". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  8. ^ Jha, Bagish (30 March 2017). "Now, Huda to hand over CPR project To NHAI". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 April 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kumar, Ashok (2016-03-31). "Dwarka Expressway gets a shot in the arm". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  10. ^ Kumar, Ajay (2016-10-23). "Troubleshooter for commuters: Haryana government to expand Dwarka Expressway up to 16 lanes". India Today. Archived from the original on 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  11. ^ Kumar, Vikram (1 April 2012). "Dwarka to Gurgaon in top gear when Expressway opens". Mail Online. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  12. ^ Kumar, Ajay (12 May 2015). "Dwarka Expressway gets a boost from High Court order". Mail Online. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  13. ^ Behl, Abishek (1 June 2016). "NHAI gives go-ahead for Dwarka Expressway elevation". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  14. ^ Behl, Abishek (22 July 2016). "NHAI speeds up land acquisition for Delhi part of Dwarka expressway". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  15. ^ a b Draft Feasibility Report - Package 2 Dwarka Expressway (PDF) (Report). September 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  16. ^ Jha, Bagish (15 April 2018). "14 reasons why Dwarka Expressway is still stuck". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  17. ^ Jha, Bagish (30 May 2018). "Dwarka expressway oustees without registry to get alternative plots". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference statusdec1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  19. ^ Jha, Dhananjay (2017-09-20). "Gurgaon: 10km elevated road to come up on Dwarka Expressway, tenders invited". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  20. ^ Jha, Dhananjay (2017-10-18). "Huda to acquire 10 acres land for revised CPR plan". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 2017-10-22. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  21. ^ Haryana govt transfers land to NHAI to start construction of Dwarka e-way, Moneycontrol.com, 7 Dec 2018.
  22. ^ Sharma, Aman (18 November 2017). "Government invites bids for consultant for 4-km tunnel from Dwarka Expressway". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  23. ^ Route of Dwarka expressway.
  24. ^ Jha, Dhananjay (2017-06-20). "Gurgaon: NPR project report to be submitted this week, tenders to be floated soon". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 2017-06-27. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  25. ^ Dash, Deepak K. (2017-08-14). "7 projects to reduce load on NH-8 stretch". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 2017-08-19. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  26. ^ Southern Periphery Route nearing completion, 2017.