The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a report from the Forest Department in New Delhi, on a plea alleging felling of trees for the construction of the Dwarka Expressway, without ensuring compensatory afforestation. A bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and also comprising justice SP Wangdi said: “Before we consider the matter, we find it necessary to require a factual report in the matter from the PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of Forests), Delhi, which may be furnished within a month by email.”
The Tribunal was hearing a plea filed by NGO, Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions & Promotions of National Awareness (CHETNA), alleging that permission for felling 3,000 trees and transplantation of 3,500 trees had been given by the Delhi government, in favour of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for Dwarka Expressway ‘Package-2’, without taking into account whether transplantation was viable and without ensuring compensatory afforestation. There was no proper assessment of the survival rate of trees to be transplanted, the plea claimed. The matter has been posted for next hearing on November 6, 2019.
Dwarka Expressway: Gurugram to soon get connected with Delhi through Dwarka
All hurdles in the Dwarka Expressway project have been cleared and the foundation stone for the Delhi stretch of the project is likely to be laid on March 8, 2019, union minister of state Rao Inderjeet Singh has announced
March 7, 2019: The hurdles to the completion of the much-delayed Dwarka Expressway have been cleared, union minister of state Rao Inderjeet Singh said, on March 6, 2019. The project was delayed due to non-acquisition of land in Delhi, he said. “Now, all the hurdles pertaining to this project is clear and its construction will start soon,” Singh said. The foundation stone for the five-km stretch, falling under the territory of Delhi, will be laid on March 8, 2019, by union minister of road transport Nitin Gadkari, he said. Gadkari will also lay the foundation stone of the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai six-lane expressway on the same day, Singh said.
The initial concept for the 18-km Dwarka Expressway, connecting NH-8 at Kherki Dhaula with Delhi suburban town Dwarka, was given in 2007 and its construction was started in 2009, with a completion time of 36 months. However, the project was delayed due to non-timely land acquisition in Gurugram by the Haryana Shahari Vikash Pradhikaran, which was earlier known as Haryana Urban Development Authority and the governments in Delhi. Out of the 18-km stretch, four kms falls under Delhi and in 2016, Gadkari had decided to extend the length to five kms, to connect it with the NH-8 at Shiv Murti near Mahipalpur.
Construction work of Dwarka Express Highway to begin soon: Gadkari
Construction work on the Dwarka Express Highway, which is intended to ease traffic congestion in Gurugram, is likely to begin in one month, union minister Nitin Gadkari has informed
April 17, 2018: Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari, on April 16, 2018, said that the construction work on the Dwarka Express Highway, would begin within the next one month. About Rs 7,000 crores would be spent on this 17-km-long highway, said Gadkari, who was speaking as the chief guest in a function organised in Gurugram.
He said work on different projects was underway, to reduce traffic congestion in Gurugram. In this direction, the Dwarka Express Highway would prove to be a boon for residents of Gurugram, he said, according to a Haryana government release.
He said another project was the Eastern Peripheral Road (EPR). This project included land acquisition worth Rs 2,000 crores. He said the EPR had been completed at a cost of about Rs 15,000 crores and it would be inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi next week, the release quoting Gadkari said. The union minister also said that a flyover would be constructed, at a cost of about Rs 170 crores, at Shankar Chowk on National Highway 8, towards the Ambience Mall.