Gadkari Urges NHAI to Open Gurgaon Section of Dwarka Expressway

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari issued directives on Tuesday for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to open the Gurgaon section of the Dwarka Expressway. During the meeting Minister of State and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh emphasized that the Gurgaon portion of the expressway is ready for traffic and should be opened to provide relief to residents. Gadkari approved the proposal although a specific date for the opening has not been fixed.

In the discussion the two ministers addressed the delayed progress of several national highway projects focusing on the need to expedite them. Specifically they discussed an elevated road project from Hero Honda Chowk to Umang Bharadwaj Chowk. Rao presented a 2017 notification designating this road as part of NHAI and Gadkari instructed officials to consider it as NHAI's responsibility and plan for its elevated development.

Rao also urged Gadkari to expedite the relocation of the toll plaza at Kherki Daula citing the expiration of the toll collection period. Gadkari informed Rao about a new toll collection plan and assured the removal of the toll plaza soon.

Earlier Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav had communicated with NHAI requesting the opening of the Gurgaon portion of the expressway in February. However the Delhi portion is still under construction causing the delay.

The Dwarka Expressway is divided into four packages with the Gurgaon section including the cloverleaf interchange connecting the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway (NH-48) and the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) near Kherki Daula. The completion of the Delhi portion remains pending.

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