Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) officials failed to reach a consensus over fair compensation with the land owners, for the additional 10 acres of land required for the Dwarka expressway. To take-off the project, HUDA requires an additional 10 acres of land for the construction of Central Peripheral Road (CPR), which is a part of the Dwarka expressway. The land owners are demanding a compensation amounting up to Rs 10 crore per acre, while HUDA is in no position to offer more than Rs 5 crore for an acre. According to sources, the prevailing market value of these plots is Rs 4-5 crore an acre in this part of the city.
With the urban development body failing to reach a consensus on the compensation amount, the only option left now is to appeal National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to procure land under its emergency clause, which cannot be challenged in court. A senior HUDA official even said that the acquisition process would commence soon and may take up to three more months.
It is to be noted that after paying a compensation of around Rs 700 crore, the urban planning body acquired 102 acres of land for the construction of 3.2 km long eight-lane expressway. However, when planning for the road construction started, presence of seven 440KV high-tension electric towers came into light that supply power to large parts of Delhi and Gurgaon. Since the electricity department refused to relocate these towers coming in the alignment of the road, citing issues, the authority was left with no choice but to change the alignment of road which required an additional 10 acres of land.
If sources are to be believed, construction of CPR is important to ease traffic congestion. As per the new plan, Dwarka expressway will be connected with NH-8 on the opposite side of Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) at Kherki Daula village. A cloverleaf that will connect both SPR and CPR meet is also to be constructed to ensure smooth flow of traffic at the stretch.