GURGAON: As the ambitious NPR project of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) missed its June 30 deadline, the authorities are yet to clear the legal tangles concerning the project.
The legality arises with land owners demanding hike in compensation. They have challenged HUDA in high court.
The project was awarded to a private contractor in 2011 and the tentative deadline was set as 2012. Refusing to divulge the next deadline, a senior HUDA official said: “The work of settling the landowner’s cases is the top priority and it would be done within this month.”
Under the project, the 18-km road will connect Dwarka with National Highway 8 at Kherki Dhaula. In the beginning, the project had hit a stumbling block in form of high tension power lines present in different locations. The problem was sorted out between HUDA and the power discom. It was decided that the HT lines will be shifted underground. The work is nearing completion.
The biggest problem now is the legal cases. HUDA sources have also revealed that some religious structures are also coming in way of the project. “All these issues have been discussed at length and the work of removal of illegal structures is going on at different sites,” said another HUDA official.
As per the plan, the NPR project has hi-tech infrastructure features like the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Foot overbridges will also be constructed on the entire stretch.
The real estate developers, meanwhile, are irked with the delay. “The delay will impact the overall development of the region, which hinged is on the NPR project. If the issues relate to enhanced compensation, HUDA must address it, keeping the fate of other commercial and housing projects that are linked to the NPR,” said a real estate developer.