The delay in getting clearance for tree felling from the forest department of the Delhi government may force the Delhi portion of the Dwarka Expressway to lag behind in comparison to the portion that lies in Haryana, said NHAI officials familiar with the project.
The Haryana portion of the expressway is likely to become operational by March 2021 if the construction work goes as per the plan. NHAI officials added that while work on the first package hasn’t started, tree felling is currently underway for the package two of the project.
Construction work on either package one — from Shiv Murti to Sector 21 Dwarka Metro station — or package two — from Sector 21 Dwarka to the Haryana border — hasn’t gained much pace. The NHAI awarded the work for package two in October 2019 giving it two years’ time for completion.
Manoj Kumar, chief general manager (technical), NHAI, said, “Although tree felling for package two is underway, for package one, we are still waiting for permission from the forest department. Work has been awarded in package one. However, we need permission from the forest department to start work,” said Kumar.
NHAI’s contractor for both the projects in Delhi said unless they receive permission for package one, they can’t start the work. OS Sirohi, deputy project manager, J Kumar Infra Projects, said