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Work on Gurugram sections of Dwarka Expressway to be completed by June-end, says NHAI

The 29km long Dwarka Expressway is being built at a cost of ₹9,000 crore and it will connect Shiv Murti on Delhi-Jaipur highway near Mahipalpur

The work on the Gurugram sections of the Dwarka Expressway will be completed by the end of June, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials said on Thursday, adding that the cloverleaf near the Kherki Daula toll plaza, which is a key structure that will connect Dwarka Expressway with Delhi-Jaipur highway and the Southern Peripheral Road, is ready and undergoing load testing currently.

Once completed, the Dwarka Expressway will ensure seamless commuting inside the city as well as between Gurugram and Delhi. It will also enable commuters to access the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway via Badshahpur, the officials said. 

The 29km long Dwarka Expressway is being built at a cost of ₹9,000 crore and it will connect Shiv Murti on Delhi-Jaipur highway near Mahipalpur with Kherki Daula after passing through several residential sectors of Gurugram. The highway project was taken over by the NHAI in 2018 and work on it was started in 2019. 

Nirman Jambulkar, project director, NHAI, said the work on the project is in the finishing stages and it will completed by the end of June. 

“The work on cloverleaf has been completed and it now undergoing load testing. The work on package three (from Basai crossing to Bajghera on Delhi border) and package four (from Kherki Daula to Basai crossing) is also nearing completion and will be over by June,” he said.

Package three of Dwarka Expressway starts from Bajghera on Delhi-Haryana border and culminates near the Basai railway overbridge. It is 10.2km long and passes primarily through sectors 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 109, 110, 111, 112 and 113 in Gurugram.

Package four is 8.77km long and starts from Basai rail overbridge and culminates at Delhi-Jaipur highway near Kherki Daula. It includes the cloverleaf that will connect the expressway with Delhi-Jaipur highway and the Southern Peripheral Road. 

A senior official of L&T, the highway contractor for package three and four, said the work on package four is 99% complete while that on package three is 95% complete. “We have completed the work on cloverleaf and it is being load tested. The trumpet tower, which will connect the road to Manesar, is also ready. We have also opened the Bajghera underpass for traffic trials,” said the senior official, asking not to be named.

A key vehicle underpass in package four, just ahead of Pataudi crossing, will also be opened to traffic in the next 15 days, said NHAI officials, adding that with this, work will be almost over on this stretch.

The work on packages one and two of the expressway, which lie in Delhi, is likely to be completed by end-December, said the highway contractor. 

“We have completed almost 90% work on the package two (Bajghera and Dwarka Urban Extension Road) and about 65% work on package one (from Dwarka to Mahipalpur). The work is on in full swing and we are confident of completing it this year,” said Rajendra Singh Rawat, project manager, J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd, the contractor for packages one and two.

A senior official of J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd, however, said the work on package one required the shifting of utilities. Also, the construction work was taking place amid a high volume of traffic, which is impacting the pace of work. “It is likely that package one would be ready only by April 2024,” he said, asking not to be ready. 

It may be noted that last month, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, during his visit to Urban Extension Road-2, said he will review the work on Dwarka Expressway in May. However, NHAI officials said they still have not got any directions regarding the visit. 

There is also speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the expressway once it is ready by June, but NHAI officials said they were not aware of any such proposal.

Gurugram member of Parliament and Union minister of state Rao Inderjit Singh, who is pursuing the project, said he had met Gadkari last week. “I was informed that the transport minister will inspect the highway and the cloverleaf in May. We welcome him and Prime Minister Narender Modi to inaugurate the project as it would be a great honour for both Gurugram and Haryana,” he said. 

Prakhar Sahay, a civic activist, who has been following the construction of this road since long, said while most of the work is complete on packages one and two, the authority needs to expedite the shifting of power lines near Pataudi crossing and also push the work on the railway overbridge. “This road will definitely reduce congestion and improve connectivity between Delhi and Gurugram, particularly on the national highway,” he said.

Dwarka Expressway was envisaged by the Haryana government in 2006. The project, however, failed to take off due to land acquisition issues and legal tangles. Later, the Haryana government approached the Union transport ministry to take over the project.After the in-principle declaration of the expressway as a national highway in 2016, the NHAI took over the project and started work.

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Haryana Section of Dwarka e-way to Open in December, Delhi Arm Next Year

The connectivity within Gurugram is all set to take an upturn with the majority of construction being done of the 18.9km stretch of Dwarka expressway by this December. Officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI),who are closely monitoring the project have said that 70% of the construction of18.9km stretch of Dwarka Expressway will be completed by this December whereas the remaining section of the expressway in Delhi will be completed only next year.  29km-route is meant to link Shiv Murti on NH8 in Delhi’s Mahipalpur to Kherki Daula in Gurugram via several sectors of the Millennium City.

“NHAI officials are hopeful that maximum construction work i.e., around 70-75% of the work on the Haryana portion of the expressway has been completed and that part will be functional from this December. Remaining part requires further construction and man-power for another six months and hence the other stretch cannot be operational until mid 2023.” a senior NHAI official said. Rs 9,000 crore projects is primarily meant to ease travel in NCR and provide an alternative route to commuters between Gurugram and Delhi. Currently the main link between the cities is Delhi-Gurugram expressway, which clogs up with heavy traffic during office rush hours every weekday.

This project will provide relief to the commuters and ease their movement from Kherki Daula to sectors such as 102, 104, 88, and 10A in the city. NHAI officials have announced that both the parts are designed in such a way that they are independent of each other and need not to be together.


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Gurgaon’s micro markets report increase in price, demand

NEW DELHI: Some of the micro markets in New Gurgaon are performing better than their counterparts in NCR, according to the property consultants and real estate developers.

According to Anarock, average property prices in the top 7 cities rose 14% over the past seven years, with Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai among the best cities to invest in.

In the National Capital Region, which includes New Delhi and neighbouring cities such as Gurgaon and Noida, property prices increased 2%, although in areas like Sohna Road and Dwarka Expressway they jumped 18-19%.

“Growing demand and strong growth in residential, commercial and industrial sector real estate has led to the growth of the micro market around Gurugram. A changed real estate market has emerged in the era of epidemic and now new buyers are planning to take home due to these new markets in the border areas of the city,” said Karan Kumar, CMO, DLF Limited.

A recent JLL report has said that new residential project launches would continue to dominate the realty market in 2021. With major developments like an urban transit system including the Delhi-Faridabad metro link, shifting of Kherki Daula toll, construction of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, revamping of Southern Peripheral Road, revival of green belts, among others, New Gurugram is attracting both developers and buyers.

“Infrastructure development has been directly impacted by real estate prices and demand. These announcements will help to increase prices in parts of Gurugram, generate employment and strengthen the local economy,” said Kumar.

“These micro markets are more popular among home buyers due to their better prices and modern resources. Better connectivity will accelerate the development work in this area which will attract investors and at the same time will increase the demand of the market,” Kumar said.

The realty market is gradually recovering from the COVID induced challenges and the sector is already witnessing an increased demand from buyers. Increased focus on health and wellness aspects in the post-Covid era is now making customers go for ready-to-move-in projects by trusted developers.

Vatika Group also has multiple residential and commercial project in the region and will develop close 1 million sq ft.

The average price of a home in the top 7 cities rose from approximately INR 4,895 per sq. ft. in 2013 to INR 5,599 per sq. ft. by Q3 2020-end.