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Work On Dwarka Express Highway Project To Begin By December: Nitin Gadkari

Work on Dwarka Express Highway would begin by year-end as the Haryana government has handed over the project to the Centre, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

“Dwarka Express Highway is very important. Before December we will start work on that. This is the project from Haryana government and the Chief Minister has surrendered the project to us. We declared it a National Highway and will start work on this,” the Road Transport and Highways Minister said this in reply to a query at Economist India Summit.

The Minister said the project was stuck due to dispute between Haryana and Delhi governments but now the Haryana portion has been completed and land acquisition in Delhi has started.

Also, he said, the government has planned 12 expressways across the country and work on them would begin by the end of this year.

The Minsiter said the tenders will shortly be out for the Vadodara-Mumbai and Delhi-Jaipur etc projects which would be access-controlled expressways.

Also, he said, the government would complete the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways projects within 400 days as announced.

Stressing on the need to augment country’s infrastructure, he said that the government would try to take the road building pace to 42 km a day by March 2017, from about 23 km a day at present.

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Dwarka Expressway: Huda completes allotment of alternative plots to oustees despite protest

Amidst protest and boycott of oustees from New Palam Vihar, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on Monday completed third and final draw, under heavy police security, for allotting alternative plots to oustess of Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) also known as Dwarka Expressway. Oustees are now planning to move court to challenge the draw.

Large number of oustees from New Palam Vihar reached GymKhana Club, venue for the draw, and stormed inside the hall in an attempt to stop the draw, which they claimed was illegal and in violation of the final terms of settlement agreed between oustees and Huda. Irked with the behaviour of oustees, Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav warned of legal action for disrupting the government works. Following police was called to control the protestors.

Rishi Raj Rana, who was leading the protest, alleged Huda is conducting draw in violation of agreed terms and condition, so all the oustees including those who have been allotted alternative plots have boycotted the draw. “We are going to challenge the draw in court,” said Rana adding that they will challenge draw on three grounds—all the oustees were not given alternative plots, even the people who were not coming in the alignment of NPR were given altenative plots in the draw and Huda has increase or decrease the size of alternative plots.

Around 365 oustees from New Palam Vihar had applied for alternative plots out of which 90 (who had registry of property) were allotted alternative plots on July 31 and 75 oustees, who don’t had registry but have constructed houses, were allotted alternative plots on Monday. Around 200 oustees with open plots were left out of the draw as Huda rejected their claims for alternative plots.

“Huda is trying to divide the oustees, first they said only people with registry will be given alternative plots, then they agreed to give plots of general power of attorney (GPS) and special power of attorney (SPA) holder also, now they are saying only people with constructed houses will get plots,” said Hari Singh, osutees from New Palam Vihar.

Jitendra Prasad, another oustees, said attempts of Huda to divide osutees will fail. “All the oustees who have been allotted alternative plots and those who have been denied have boycotted the draw,” said Prasad adding that none of them will vacate the land till Huda give alternative plots to all oustees.

Undeterred by the protest and boycott Huda completed the draw and allotted alternative plots to 75 oustees of NPR in sector 110-A (40 oustees) and sector 37-C (30 oustees). Huda administrator Yashapal Yadav said this was final draw, all the eligible oustees have been given alternative plots. “Now we are hoping to complete the road by March 2017,” said Yadav adding that oustees will be given six month time for relocation after which Huda will take possession of land and complete the road construction in remaining portion.

“As per the final terms of settlement all the oustees with constructed residential houses was to be given alternative plots equivalent to ground coverage of their plot and compensation for remaining land and construction. The clause 2 of settlement has provision for compensation to open plots as per the Relocation and Rehabilitation Policy of 2010,” said Yadav adding that there is no provision for alternative plots for open plots. The compensation will be given to open plots holder.

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