Relocation of the Kherki Daula toll plaza could be delayed further as part of the land on which the plaza has been planned runs into the proposed site for Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) Station. GMDA officials said they have written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) about the land.
“We have asked NHAI to reduce the number of lanes from 36 to 28 at the proposed toll plaza. The land overlaps with that earmarked for the Rapid Rail Transit System station; there isn’t enough land for all 36 lanes,” a GMDA official said. NHAI officials also confirmed GMDA has brought up the problem.
“The GMDA had informed us about the land. We have come up with a revised plan, which does propose 28 lanes, and sent it to the GMDA. But we haven’t yet received an approval,” an NHAI official said.
At GMDA’s end, things have been stuck because it is waiting for an approval from the forest department for the land transfer.
“We sent the file to Chandigarh, seeking forest department approval. The clearance should come any time now,” the GMDA official said. Forest department officials confirmed the approval has not been granted.
“An acre of land is yet to get construction clearance. The process is almost through,” a forest official said.
Relocation of Kherki Daula toll plaza has been in the pipeline for more than five years now. Initially, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) had earmarked 38 acres in Sehrawan, but the plan was shelved after environmentalists protested and pointed out the area was part of a wildlife corridor. It was then that Pachgaon was chosen.
Most of the land, however, remained locked in litigation. Until last Thursday.
The Punjab and Haryana high court vacated the stay on the acquisition of 50 acres by the government that had been held up. After the HC order, the HSIIDC transferred the land to GMDA which, in turn, was supposed to hand it over to the NHAI. That is yet to happen. After the handover, it will take another three months to move the toll plaza.