The widening of Nizamuddin Bridge to Dasna stretch of NH-24 to 14 lanes has still some hurdles to cross. Divided into 3 sections viz. Nizammudin Bridge to Delhi Border, Delhi Border to Dasna and Dasna to Hapur, only Dasna to Hapur section has seen some work. Others are still to see light of the day due to the below 2 hurdles.
Hurdles that remain still:
- Rehabilitation of 500 odd slums: Delhi government is seeking 20 lakhs for each slum for constructing janta flats for slum dwellers. There is a contention between NHAI and Delhi Government and the final agreement is yet to be arrived at.
- Stay on allotment of Delhi border to Dasna section tender: This is the most congested section on the planned expressway and hence the most crucial to the very purpose the expressway is being built. This caters to Crossing Republik, Indrapuram townships along with other residential/institutional areas. However, the bidding for this section has been doomed since the beginning. After at least 4 bidding attempts, things looked like settling this time. But due to petition filed by a construction company on being disqualified from bidding, Delhi High court has put a stay on allotment of tender. It is still not known as to how much time it will take post Delhi High court order to carry out the tendering process.
The above sum up the 2 pending issues with the NH24 widening. There are however a couple of hurdles that got over during last one month.
Hurdles that are over now:
-Construction of 2 bridges over Yamuna: Approved by NGT in November based on report submitted by IIT roorkee.
-Felling of trees: Approved by NGT in November on the condition that NHAI will pay 10 times the cost to plant a tree for every tree that are felled.
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