Dwarka: Senior officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), on July 11, 2022, declared that the Dwarka Expressway, which is being built to reduce 50% of the traffic on NH-8 between Delhi and Gurugram, has been delayed. This project has been delayed for yet another year after Covid-19 put a halt to the construction for almost two years. The project is now expected to be completed by September 2023. The 29-kilometer-long road, which will also be the first urban elevated expressway in the nation, was previously expected to be completed by August 2022.
The people of Dwarka and Gurugram wait the completion of this highway as it will make their life easier by easing the traffic on NH-8, especially during office hours.
CitySpidey talked to Deepak Gaur, 48, a property dealer from Dwarka Sector 23, he says, “People are very excited for this project because daily commuters of Dwarka are facing lots of problem reaching to their offices in the morning and evening. Lots of people have come to me asking for flats, homes, and space to set up their shops near this highway. Also, the rate of the property has gone up by almost 10% because of this project. People don’t want to miss the chance to set up their business and homes near this location, because in the future this will prove very beneficial for them.”
The people of Dwarka and Gurugram are also very happy with this project, however, because of the ongoing construction, they are facing many issues.
Dinesh Sharma, 48, a resident of Sec 4, Dwarka, travels daily from Dwarka to Gurugram for his office. He says “It is a nightmare for me to travel to Gurugram, I can reach office in just 30-45 minutes but because of traffic, it becomes next to impossible for me to reach on time. Almost daily in this hot and humid weather of Delhi, I get stuck in traffic for hours because of the ongoing construction.”
He further says, “There is one more way to go to Gurugram but for that, we need to cross the railway crossing of Shahbad Mohammad Pur village. But that too is a nightmare because if only you are lucky you will find that crossing to be open, otherwise, you need to wait almost 20-30 minutes. So right now, to reach Gurugram is a big task for me. Surely the work needs to do done at fast pace."
Suman Bhushan, 36, a fashion designer who has recently moved to Gurugram from Nawada, says “The work of this highway has already been very delayed. My workplace is in Janakpuri and I just moved to Gurugram. This construction, traffic jams, and heat is really a headache for me. I even fall ill because of this humid weather. I hope by 2023, this highway becomes operational and soon we can use it to avoid all the chaos we are currently facing because according to me, it will reduce the problem of traffic by 60-70%.”
Manu Sharma, 29, a resident of Raheja Atharva, Sector 109, Gurugram, says, “As I need to travel to Manesar daily for my work and I’m commuting on the constructed part of the highway. We use it and avoid the main road traffic. Once it will be fully operational, it will surely save us lots of time and help with traffic jams too.”
Aakash Kumar, 28, a resident of Dwarka Sector-8, working in Gurugram, says, “I took the bus daily to reach my workplace but because of construction on both sides, I am stuck in traffic jams for hours daily. In the summertime, it’s very hard to sit on the bus and wait for hours. This project is very important for Dwarka people because it will give us relief from these long traffic jams."
He further says, “I’m working in Gurugram for the last 2 years, and reaching Gurugram from Dwarka is not at all easy. Because the metro route is very long, people prefer to go by road. However, it’s expensive and not devoid of problems. So, this highway project is very important for everyone, and development on this level is great for the future generations.”