This Expressway is now all about litigation, heartburn and compensation
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has started disbursing compensation to oustees whose lands are to be acquired for the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR), also known as the Dwarka Expressway. The land is to be transferred to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the construction of an elevated road.
Nearly 70 NPR oustees have plots/lands with valid sale deed (registry) and living there for over a decade. The oustees who purchased lands on general and special power of attorneys (GPA-SPA) are yet to get compensation. Besides, there is another group of GPA-SPA oustees whose lands are lying vacant and the matter is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator, HUDA Gurgaon, said, “HUDA has started disbursement of compensation to eligible oustees. Most of the oustees have got compensation. The process is under way.”
However, the high court is still hearing the matter concerning the GPA-SPA holders.
“There are around 70 oustees who have sale deed and they have been compensated. The HUDA has asked them to vacate and shift to Sector 110-A at the earliest," said Rishi Raj Rana, one of the oustees. "It is trying to send us into panic. By removing 70 structures, HUDA will not be able to hand over our land to the NHAI. More than 40 houses, whose owners are GPA/SPA holders, would still have to be removed. They have not taken compensation till date and the matter is in the court. Moreover, HUDA has failed to rehabilitate all 344 oustees as per the 2015 policy," Rana rued.
Some portions of the NPR are locked in litigation. For instance a stretch in Gurgaon that lies between the Delhi border and the NH near Kherki Daula. Another 1.4 kms in New Palam Vihar and a 500 metre stretch at Kherki Daula are also locked in litigation. HUDA had constructed 16.6 kms of the NPR before handing over the project to the NHAI in October 2016. Now, the NPR has been extended to the national highway near Shiv Murti at Mahipalpur, New Delhi.
The delay in completing this project has translated to much heartburn for the homebuyers who have invested in projects along the expressway. All these residential projects have been delayed indefinitely.