Gurugram's Dwarka Expressway Nears Completion, Expected to Open by October 15
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Gurugram: After missing the repeated deadlines, Gurugram's much-anticipated Dwarka Expressway is now nearing completion. According to officials from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the 18.9km section of the expressway that runs through the city is expected to be completed by October 15, after passing by the scheduled date in August.
The Dwarka Expressway is 29 kilometers long, stretching from Shiv Murti in Delhi to the Kherki Daula toll plaza in Gurugram. Originally envisioned by the Haryana government in 2006, the NHAI took over the project in 2016 and commenced construction in November 2019, with an original deadline of two years.
NHAI officials have stated that work to complete 14 subways along the stretch is progressing rapidly, with a great sense of urgency. Additionally, the merger of the Central Peripheral Road (CPR) and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) with NH-8 through slip roads is also expected to be completed by mid-October. Two slip roads will connect CPR to the highway, while another will link SPR to it.
However, there are a few remaining hurdles in the project. The underpass at Kherki Majra will take another six months to complete, as the necessary land was recently handed over to the highway authority by the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP). Similarly, a slip road near Bajghera underpass is also facing delays due to pending land acquisition. NHAI officials, however, have reassured that these structures will not impede the opening of the Dwarka Expressway, although no confirmation has been provided regarding the expressway's public opening date.
While utility shifting and a few other factors have caused some delays, NHAI officials are optimistic about meeting the October 15 deadline. Most of the subway work is finished, with only remaining portions such as approaches and ramps. The slip roads will also be completed within the given timeframe. Safety audits have been conducted, and necessary interventions, such as the installation of additional crash barriers and alignment adjustments, have been implemented to ensure commuter safety.
Residents of new sectors along the expressway have expressed disappointment over the continuous delays. They have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Dwarka Expressway and are experiencing inconvenience and safety concerns due to the inconsistent opening and closing of the cloverleaf on CPR.
L&T, the contractor responsible for packages 3 and 4 of the expressway, has deployed all available resources to expedite the work. However, the decision to open the expressway will ultimately rest with the NHAI.
As completion nears, NHAI officials have assured that landscaping work at all five roundabouts on the city section is underway, and a safety audit will be conducted once the project is fully finished to ensure a safe commuting experience for all.