The process to connect the Dwarka expressway with National Highway-8 has finally begun. The link will give the incomplete road, cut off from both Delhi and Gurgaon, at least one end point, and solve at least one end of the connectivity riddle for home-buyers who have flats along the stretch but haven't been able to move in.
The road's connection with Delhi on the other side is still mired in land acquisition problems. HUDA has appointed a Delhi-based company as consultant to carry out a topographic survey of the area and a survey of traffic movement, prepare a plan, and submit its report within the next two months.
"While preparing the plan, the company will consider the upcoming residential and commercial colonies, as well as future traffic load on both roads," said a senior Huda official. Officials said the two expressways will be connected via either a flyover or an underpass, but a final decision will only be taken after the survey.
The six-lane Dwarka Expressway, which was conceived over eight years ago, starts from Dwarka in Delhi and ends at Kherki Daula, where it meets the service road of NH-8. At present, expressway commuters either pay toll at the plaza or take a U-turn from Rajiv Chowk to reach the sectors on the other side of NH-8. "People either end up paying toll or have to travel 12-14 km extra just for going to sectors on the other side of NH-8," said a senior Huda official, adding this increases expenses and movement of vehicles on the road.
The Haryana chief minister has asked HUDA to complete the road by June 2017, as the state is planning to build a Metro line and bus corridor along it. HUDA chief engineer D D Chopra said connecting Dwarka expressway and NH-8 is very important.
"The consultant will prepare a plan so that both these roads can be connected," said Chopra, adding work will start on the project after the report is received and cleared.
The expressway was planned to decongest traffic in Gurgaon by allowing traffic from Jaipur to skip Gurgaon expressway and head straight towards Dwarka and IGI Airport. The e-way will be the third link road connecting Delhi and Gurgaon, after NH-8 and Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, and was expected to divert 40% of the traffic on NH-8 within Gurgaon-Delhi.
Till now, only 14.33 km of the road is complete. Work on the remainder has been stuck due to delay in land acquisition and shifting of a transmission line.
Even residential projects that were supposed to be completed long ago, have taken a hit, as the area lacks basic amenities. Real estate developers had launched over 60 projects with 50,000 residential units along the road, but are now struggling to find buyers.