The 27.6-km Dwarka Expressway project is being developed at Rs. 8,662 crore.
The 27.6-km Dwarka Expressway was designed as a detour between Delhi and Gurgaon to relieve traffic flow on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The Dwarka Expressway, which is currently being built, will connect Mahipalpur in Delhi with Kherki Daula Toll Plaza in Gurgaon. It will include eight lanes with access controls. The Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) project was conceptualized in 2006, and in 2016, ownership of the project was passed to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
By July 2023, the expressway’s 19-km segment through Haryana would be open for traffic, according to the NHAI. The 18.9 km (11 miles) long Haryana segment of the expressway, which runs through Dwarka from Shiv Murti near Indira Gandhi International Airport to the Kherki Daula toll in Gurgaon, is 99% complete. On May 9, 2023, officials from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) visited the project’s construction site. Deputy Commissioner Gurgaon Nishant Kumar Yadav also attended.
The cloverleaf that will connect the Dwarka Expressway with the Delhi-Jaipur highway and the Southern Peripheral Road is reportedly ready and is located close to the Kherki Daula toll plaza. The load testing procedure is already in motion. When completed, the expressway project would allow travelers to use Badshahpur to access the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
According to them, both package four (from Kherki Daula to Basai crossing) and package three (from Basai crossing to Bajghera on the Delhi border) will be finished by June 2023.
Dwarka Expressway route map details
An 18.9-km section of the expressway will be in Gurgaon, while a 10.1-km section will be in Delhi.
Sectors along Dwarka Expressway
This Expressway will pass through residential localities, such as sectors 83, 84, and 99-113, and commercial localities covering sectors 105, 106, 109, 110, 110A, 111, 112, and 113.
Dwarka Expressway construction details
The highway features more than 20 flyovers and bridges, two rail overbridges and underpasses, 11 car underpasses, 20 pedestrian crossings below ground, and a 2.5-meter bike or cycle path. Based on the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) approach, the project is being created at a cost of Rs. 8,662 crore.
With a 24-month completion window, work on the Gurgaon segment started in November 2019. The Delhi segment is scheduled to be finished by the middle of 2023 after construction on it began in September 2020.
The project has been broken up into four packages, two of which will cover Delhi’s 10.10 km and two of which will cover Gurugram’s 19 km.
- Package 1: Package 1 was given to J Kumar Infraprojects for Rs. 1,349 crore. The stretch has a length of 9 kilometers and was approved by the Delhi government in July 2020. The IGI Airport, Shiv Murti in Mahipalpur, and the Bijwasan Road Underbridge are all included in the project. In western Delhi, the portion will be a part of the future Urban Extension Road II. Additionally, it will be connected to Vasant Kunj at Nelson Mandela Marg via the western terminus of the proposed Rangpuri Bypass.
- Package 2: The contract, with a value of Rs 1,540 crore, was awarded to J Kumar Infraprojects. The project route covers Bijwasan Road Underbridge to Delhi/Haryana Border with a total distance of 4.2 km.
- Package 3: The contract was awarded to Larsen & Toubro and has a total value of 1,334 crore. The section covers the Delhi/Haryana border to Basai Rail Overbridge with a total distance of 10.2 km. It will include an 8.5-km, eight-lane flyover, constructed on a single pier.
- Package 4: Larsen & Toubro has been given the contract, which has a total value of 1,046 crore. It is 8.8 kilometers long and extends from the Basai Rail Overbridge to Kherki Dhaula. The route stops at Southern Peripheral Road, and the expressway’s southern end will merge with Central Peripheral Road.
According to NHAI, the expressway was built with 20 lakh cubic meters of concrete, which is roughly six times as much as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and two lakh MT of steel, which is 30 times more than was used to build the Eiffel Tower.
In addition, a significant number of trees—nearly 12,000—were transplanted during the building, a first for India.
Modern technology including the Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Toll Management Systems, CCTV cameras, surveillance, etc. will be present on the expressway. This will guarantee simple traffic flow and the security of commuters using the route.
Dwarka Expressway construction timeline
- The expressway project was planned as the Northern Peripheral Road in 2006
- The project was transferred to the National Highways Authority of India in 2016
- In March 2019, the foundation stone for the Dwarka Expressway project was laid by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
- In August 2019, Package 2 of the Dwarka Expressway was approved by the Delhi Government and the preparatory work commenced
- More than half of the construction work was completed by February 2021
Dwarka Expressway real estate impact
The Dwarka Expressway was initially intended to connect Dwarka in Delhi to Palam Vihar in Gurgaon. It was envisioned as part of the Gurgaon Master Plan 2021. Under Master Plan 2025, it was subsequently expanded to the Kherki Daula toll plaza, interrupting NH-48. The line intends to offer seamless connectivity between Gurgaon and Delhi. It will make it possible for inhabitants of Dwarka and Old Gurgaon to travel two hours to Jaipur through the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. The current distance between Delhi and Jaipur is about 270 kilometers, and traveling this distance via the Delhi-Jaipur national route takes three to four hours.
Due to problems with land acquisition, the project had numerous delays. But the project helped control real estate expansion, particularly in Gurgaon. New residential and commercial projects have begun in the vicinity of this expressway.
Along the highway path, a number of residential neighborhoods and other places would benefit from enhanced connection to Delhi and the international airport. Gurgaon Cyber City is easily accessible from the highway through NH-48 and a number of IT and ITES centres, including Udyog Vihar.
Dwarka Expressway: Latest updates
Dwarka Expressway to be ready soon: Gadkari
According to Nitin Gadkari, the union transport minister, construction on the Dwarka Expressway and the urban extension road 2, which connects Alipur in north Delhi with Mahipalpur, will be finished shortly. When it is finished, the expressway will make it easier for commuters to travel inside the NCR and to other states via the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. The project must be finished by the end of 2023, per a directive from the union minister to NHAI officials.
Dwarka Expressway to be ready by April 2024: Gadkari
May 18, 2023: Nitin Gadkari, the minister of roads and highways, announced today that the Dwarka Expressway, the nation’s first elevated eight-lane access control roadway, will be “almost finished” in April 2024.The 29.6-km project is being constructed for 9,000 crore rupees. According to Gadkari, the expressway will enhance connection between Haryana and west Delhi as well as to the Indira Gandhi International Airport. He stated that the expressway would be finished in four packages.
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