While the Union Ministry of Road Transports and Highway (MORTH) seems to have expressed reservations regarding the metro corridor along the Dwarka expressway, the Haryana government has decided to bat for metro connectivity as a large number of people are expected to live in this area.
The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy, which stipulates increased real estate development along the metro line, hinges on the presence of a mass rapid transport system on this corridor.
Dwarka Expressway was planned in 2006, and it was proposed as a 150-metre wide corridor linking Dwarka and National Highway 8 at Kherki Daula. The road was expected to be completed by 2010 but has missed seven deadlines since then. The Haryana government acquired 700 acres for this road but legal issues at New Palam Vihar and Kherki Daula have ensured that the road is stuck.
It is because of this reason that a meeting chaired by CM Manohar Lal Khattar in the first week of July approved the transfer of the existing 75-metre Right of Way (ROW) to MORTH but it noted its reservation on the metro issue.
The state government observed that metro alignment is part of the NPR. A letter from Haryana Urban Development Auhtority (Huda) to state PWD department on this issue mentions: “Large population will reside on this corridor and mass rapid transport system will be necessary to cater to the transportation needs of residents. Hence, it will not be right to agree to the MORTH demand of not constructing elevated metro in the RoW of proposed on the new national highway.”
Consequent to the meeting, the Haryana government directed the formal handover of the 75-metre corridor in Gurgaon to ( MORTH).
The PWD was also asked to provide a detailed map of the corridor in Haryana. It was also decided that the existing corridor would be handed over to the highway authority free of cost but future expansions are to be borne by the Central government agency.
Haryana government has called for intensifying real estate development along the existing and proposed metro corridors near NPR, SPR, MG Road, and Rapid Metro.
The idea is to push the concept of walk to work and this is the reason that state government is keen to build metro corridor along Dwarka expressway and other areas.