Dwarka Expressway “Marvel of Engineering” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s Heartfelt Praise

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has applauded the Dwarka Expressway project, hailing it as a “marvel of engineering” and a “state-of-the-art” achievement for India. The project spans from Shiv Murti on NH48 to Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, featuring flyovers, tunnels, underpasses, and a three-lane service road under construction on both sides. Despite controversy and demands for investigations by AAP legislators, the project remains a point of interest, although a recent CAG audit highlights a significant cost increase due to the elevated carriageway, sparking political debates.

Northern Peripheral Road (NH 248-BB), known as Dwarka Expressway, is a 27.6 km long 16-lane expressway connecting Dwarka in Delhi to Kherki Daula Toll Plaza in Gurgaon.

– The expressway aims to provide an alternate road link between Delhi and Gurgaon, easing traffic congestion on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

– Originally planned to be 18 km long, the project faced delays due to land acquisition and tree transplantation hurdles.

– The entire project is estimated to cost ₹7,500 crore and was planned in 2006, with the contract awarded in 2011. Only 14 km of the project was completed by 2016.

– The project has faced delays due to land acquisition issues and the need to transplant 13,000 trees.

– The construction of the expressway is being carried out in multiple phases and packages by NHAI.

– As of now, the project is expected to be completed by May 2023, with different stretches in Delhi and Gurugram.

– The Dwarka Expressway will include a tunnel running under the runway, benefitting commuters from Vasant Kunj, IIT Delhi, Munirka, and Mehrauli