Just when the thousands of homebuyers who have invested on housing projects along the Northern Peripheral Road or Dwarka Expressway were beginning to feel better that court cases are almost over, affected families are getting compensated and the expressway will finally be complete and they will be able to move into their dream homes, things seems to be falling apart once again.
Adding a new twist to this unending road saga, the Punjab and Haryana High Court in another recent order, has put a stay on all allotments of plots to the oust-sees. The stay order is in response to petitions filed by 16 affected families who are not happy with the compensation being offered.
The court order comes just when HUDA began the process of compensating all those families whose property fell in the way of the expressway and was obstructing construction work and hampering completion of the expressway which has been stuck for a decade now. HUDA began the compensation process following a Punjab and Haryana High Court order of 2015 that directed HUDA to adequately compensate all those affected by the expressway project.
The Dwarka Expressway was launched in 2007. Of the total stretch of 28kms, 9.9 kms fall in Delhi and the remaining 18.1 kms fall in Gurugram. The Haryana and Delhi governments were supposed to jointly construct the 150-metre wide expressway. But even 10 years later, the two state governments have failed to acquire the land needed to complete the project.
Legal battles over land acquisition and the relocation of families whose houses and farm lands fell on the way of the expressway has resulted in inordinate delay of the project. And at stake now is the fate of over one lakh homebuyers who invested in the over 60 housing projects that came up along the expressway in the past few years.
"Litigation has been lingering since almost a decade and it's worsening the situation for home buyers due to dual burden of rent and EMI on home loans. We request judiciary to fast track cases of NPR and the government to complete NPR in a time bound manner. We sincerely hope that the Punjab and Haryana High Court takes into account the inordinate delay and help resolve the matter at the earliest," Prakhar Sahay, a homebuyer pleaded.
HUDA and NHAI officials were unavilable for comments.
In March last year, Union Transport and Road Minister, Nitin Gadkari gave National Highway status to the Dwarka Expressway and directed National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to take over the project and complete it by June, 2017.