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Delhi government Gives NHAI Go-Ahead for Dwarka expressway Package-2

Infra News - Published on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

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Hindustan Times, citing officials familiar with the matter, reported that the much-delayed package two of the Dwarka Expressway has received the Delhi government’s approval and work on this stretch is likely to start next month. The permission for transplanting and cutting trees on this stretch was granted last week by the forest department of the Delhi government, confirmed a senior official in the Union ministry for road transport and highways. The 29.1 kilometer Dwarka Expressway will connect Shiv Murti at Mahipalpur to a point near Kherki Daula toll plaza, and further connect the Southern Peripheral Road with Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway through an interchange.

Package one and two of the Dwarka Expressway are part of the 11 kilometer Delhi corridor and these have been delayed by over 1.8 years because of the Delhi government’s reservations on cutting around 6,500 fully grown trees falling on the road’s alignment.

NHAI officials said that the Delhi government approved the package last week, with stringent conditions for transplantation and compensatory forestation, after repeated submissions by the Union transport ministry and groups of homebuyers who have invested in areas along this expressway.

Mr Manoj Kumar, NHAI chief general manager, confirmed that approval for package two has been received and it would take a month’s time to start work. We have got the approval to shift the trees; work will start soon on package two.

As per the consent received from the Delhi government, NHAI officials said that they will transplant around 3,500 trees and another 3,000 will be felled for which compensatory afforestation will be done. For the plantation drive, the NHAI has identified chunks of land along the Dwarka Expressway and Yamuna floodplains, officials said, adding that some plantation would also be done on land identified by DDA and the Delhi forest department.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Thu, 18 Jul 2019
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