Monday, 23 April 2018

NHAI plans tram network along Dwarka Expressway

New Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is exploring the option of putting a tram or light rail transport system along the Urban Extension Road-II, which will connect NH-1, NH-10 and NH-8, and the upcoming Dwarka Expressway. The road stretches have a combined length of about 83 km.

"The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is providing us 90 metres right of way (RoW) for building the UER-II. We will need 60 metres for constructing the road and another 20 metres for greenery. So, we have another 10 metres available for laying track for tram or any other mass public transport facility," an NHAI official said. Similarly, enough land will be available along the Dwarka Expressway.
Officials said the NHAI will soon start a feasibility study to find the traffic demand and which mode of light rail transit will be viable for this stretch. They added that planning such a mode of transport would be timely.

Sources said the road transport ministry is also looking at it as a pilot to try a public transport facility along the NHs since the stretch will be a big corridor connecting the three major national highways. A faster and cleaner mode of transport will also bring other economic and environmental benefits.
Both the UER-II and Dwarka Expressway are being developed under the new flagship highway programme Bharatmala. Officials said these were priority projects for NHAI.

However, people who have bought houses along Dwarka Expressway have been protesting against the NHAI for delay in construction of the road.

NHAI officials said it will take about two years to complete the project. "Land acquisition for a small portion is underway. We have received bids for one package of the project and work will start soon. We have redesigned the expressway," the official said.

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IGI to get 2 new approach roads in 3 years

NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi International Airport will get two new approach roads — one from south Delhi and another from the upcoming Dwarka Expressway — in less than three years. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will build the links at an expense of about Rs 1,350 crore.

The first link connecting the airport to the proposed interchange at Shiv Murti will be a 1.5 km shallow tunnel which will join the T3 road. This will be a four-lane underground stretch which can be used by commuters from Vasant Kunj, IIT, Munirka and Mehrauli.

The Shiv Murti interchange will have elevated connectivity to Nelson Mandela Road through Rangpuri. Commuters taking the interchange for NH-8 and the upcoming Dwarka Expressway would be able to use the tunnel to reach T3.
Traffic flow to the IGI Airport complex is expected to increase substantially because of Aerocity, where official and social functions are hosted.

NHAI officials said the project could be completed in less than three years. Already, the Central Public Works Department is building a bypass for Mahipalpur, which will also have a tunnel connecting the airport near the National Crime Records Bureau office on DelhiGurgaon carriageway.
“We have invited bids for Shiv Murti tunnel costing approximately Rs 350 crore as a part of the first package of Dwarka Expressway. We are hopeful of awarding it next month. NHAI and the civil aviation ministry will share the cost 50:50,” a government official said.

Similarly, to improve connectivity from the upcoming Dwarka Expressway, NHAI will build a 5km link road from Bijwasan railway station up to T3. Speaking at a TOI event in Gurgaon last week, highways minister Nitin Gadkari had said NHAI was working on a plan to provide seamless connectivity to the airport for traffic coming from Manesar as traffic on the route would increase once people started occupying houses along the Dwarka Expressway. This will also be the key link to the upcoming Dwarka convention centre, which will be the biggest in the country.

“About 3.5 km of this connectivity will be tunnel. It will be a deep tunnel, which will pass beneath the runway like that of Express Metro. It will be a six-lane tunnel. We are preparing the details and it will cost about Rs 1,000 crore. We will be in a position to award this project in the next 6-7 months,” an NHAI official said.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Last hurdle on Dwarka e-way cleared: Nitin Gadkari

GURUGRAM: The final hurdle holding up Dwarka Expressway has been cleared, Union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari said at a town hall with TOI in Gurugram on Monday.
Union Cabinate Minister Nitin Gadkari 

Gadkari, who handles several key portfolios in the Modi government, including road, transport, and highways, held out hope to thousands of homebuyers who have invested in real estate along the expressway only to realise that the project has missed several deadlines and work was stuck in several places.

It was only recently that National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under Gadkari took over the project.

The last hurdle to the 17-km-long expressway was a group of 24 houses whose owners had moved court. This has been resolved, Gadkari told the packed town hall attended by prominent citizens of Gurugram.

Gadkari said his ministry had planned to complete Dwarka Expressway in four packages, three of which have already been awarded. The fourth was pending due to litigation by house owners, but because the issue was now resolved, work will begin on it within a month.

He also said 10 projects meant to address the city’s traffic issues are currently in progress. Work has started on the Dhaula Kuan to IGI airport corridor. Getting defence ministry to part with their land was tough, he said, but it has now been achieved, and work will be completed within four to five months.

Citing his experience of traffic jams between Delhi and Gurugram, the minister said banquet halls on both sides of the road often cause snarls. “I’ve asked for a review of the situation with banquet halls that have encroached,” he said, adding these will have to be demolished and service lanes broadened.
Work on another major project — Metrino pod taxi between Dhaula Kuan and Manesar, which he described as his “dream project” — will begin within one and a half months, he said. The ministry has received tenders from three firms, which are now being assessed.

Speaking about promoting public transport, he said there is an immediate need to cut down on use of private vehicles.

On shifting of Kherki Daula toll plaza, he said the ministry has decided upon shifting the toll from its present location towards Jaipur. Once the state government offers an alternative plot to NHAI, work can begin within eight days.

He added the ministry is mulling over launching double decker buses on the Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandigarh and other routes, to promote public transport.

The buses will have airlines-like facilities. He also said NHAI is spending Rs 1,000 crore on underpasses, flyovers and U-turn at the three crossings — Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk.

Another major project — Eastern Peripheral Road (EPR), which had been stuck after Haryana government-appointed contractor left the project midway, and none of the state governments paid up their share of the Rs 2,000 crore cost for land acquisition — was completed by NHAI, and is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi next week, said Gadkari.

Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers, Rao Inderjit Singh, who is also a Gurugram MP, told the audience that all encroachments were removed from Dwarka Expressway in the past two weeks, and efforts are on to provide alternative plots to house owners who were evicted.
He requested Gadkari to announce a policy that removed the toll plaza, instead of shifting it elsewhere, adding that toll fees should be collected from vehicle owners at one go, as part of registration charges.

He also added that a flyover towards Ambience Mall will be built at Shankar Chowk for Rs 170 crore, with DLF and Ambience sharing 25% of the project cost each.

Senior district administration officials, developers, members from prominent RWAs and social activists attended the event.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Office market witnesses record absorption: CBRE

NEW DELHI: Tech corporates led office space take-up during the quarter with a 25% share, while BFSI firms garnered a 24% share. The share of e-commerce firms rose to 15%, thanks to a few large-sized deals by leading global and domestic players. Other sectors that contributed to leasing activity were engineering and manufacturing, research, consulting and analytics and co-working/business centre operators. Pre-commitments continue to be the primary mode of transaction, especially in cities such as Bangalore that had a dearth of quality ready-to-move-in supply.

Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South East Asia, CBRE said, “India’s office market has begun the year on a strong note, dispelling fears of technology and other disruptions impacting the market. With strong economic fundamentals, constantly improving business environment, and the government’s concerted efforts to improve infrastructure in our cities, India’s attractiveness as a preferred market in the region for international and domestic occupiers has only grown.”

Commenting on the findings of the report, Ram Chandnani, Managing Director, Advisory & Transaction Services, India, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd. said, “Over the past several quarters, pre-commitments by occupiers in under-construction projects has impacted leasing activity across India’s office market. Constrained supply of ready-tomove-in space, coupled with rising rentals, has led to this trend gaining traction in recent months. The uptick in leasing activity in the first quarter is largely due to several projects getting completed.”

During the quarter, 45% of all the transactions were for smallsized spaces while mid-sized transactions accounted for a 42% share. There were a few largesized deals, most of which were recorded in Bangalore, followed by a few in Mumbai, Delhi-ncr, Chennai and Hyderabad.



Gurgaon dominated leasing activity in the city

New supply consisted of a few medium-sized non-it developments in Gurgaon and an SEZ development along the Noida Expressway

Leasing activity was primarily driven by the tech sector, followed by corporates from the research, consulting and analytics, and BFSI sectors


Quarterly leasing activity witnessed an uptick in the city

More than half of the leasing activity was in the Secondary Business District (SBD) and the Peripheral Business District (PBD) of Powai and Vikhroli

BFSI firms and co-working operators dominated leasing activity, followed by firms from infrastructure, real estate and logistics

Rental values remained stable during the quarter


The city continued to lead the country’s office demand and supply activity

Quarterly leasing increased significantly due to culmination of pre-commitments and space take-up in recently completed developments

Leasing activity was primarily driven by BFSI corporates followed by e-commerce, research, consulting and analytics, and tech firms

Rental values across key markets in the city appreciated marginally during the quarter


Transaction activity was led by small-sized deals, mainly by corporates looking to consolidate/ relocate operations

Quarterly leasing activity declined marginally while supply witnessed an uptick

Tech corporates continued to lead demand, in the city

Rents increased by about 5-7% in IT buildings in OMR Zone I, due to low vacancies and sustained corporate interest


After robust activity last year, the city witnessed a marginal decline in leasing activity during the quarter

Supply addition was limited to one medium-sized development in the extended IT corridor

Sustained occupier interest resulted in a majority of the quarterly leasing activity being concentrated in the IT corridor of the city

Tech firms, followed by engineering and manufacturing and healthcare firms, dominated leasing activity

Rental values increased across all micro-markets, thanks to continued occupier interest and shortage of new supply


Supply addition increased on a quarterly basis in the city while leasing activity declined marginally

Tech firms continued to dominate space take-up, followed by engineering and manufacturing companies

PBD accounted for more than half of the city’s leasing activity during the review period

Select micro-markets in the city witnessed quarterly rental growth


Quarterly leasing activity and new supply addition declined marginally

Rentals remained stable across all micro-markets

Demand was largely driven by occupiers from the engineering & manufacturing, and telecommunication sectors, followed by BFSI and co-working firms

Leasing activity was primarily concentrated in EM Bypass and Ruby Connector in SBD and Salt Lake V and Rajarhat in PBD

A strong first quarter is indicative of the sustained growth of India’s office market across key cities. While the share of tech firms in overall demand could drop further as technology disruptions impact headcount growth, the increasing share of other sectors including BFSI, engineering and manufacturing and research and consulting will balance the overall market performance in the long term.

In some cities, this rental growth will be witnessed across all micro-markets, while in others it will be in core locations only.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Huda razes all residences obstructing e-way project

The space was cleared after a fortnight­long demolition drive that faced resistance from some of the   house owners.
      The space was cleared after a fortnight-long demolition drive that faced resistance from some of 
       the house owners.The Huda enforcement wing inspected the area on Tuesday.

HS Jakhar, sub-divisional officer (SDO), Huda enforcement, said, “Road construction on the remaining 1.4 kilometre stretch is underway. Presently, soil filling work is on. All 69 houses were removed successfully by our officials in the last fortnight.”

“We must thank the owners of these dwelling units for their proactive approach — removing their construction malba (waste) on their own. All of these 69 houses had sale deeds,” he added.

“There are nearly 30 more houses with general power of attorney (GPA) that we have not been able to remove due to court cases. The matter of the GPA houses is pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court. The next hearing is on April 24. The Huda has to transfer land to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which will start the construction of the proposed elevated road on the NPR,” said Jakhar.

The Huda transferred the NPR to the NHAI in October 2016.By that time, the Huda had built 16.6 kilometres of the 18-kilometre-long NPR between the New Delhi-gurugram border near Dwarka and the national highway (NH) near Kherki Daula toll in Gurugram.

After the NHAI took over the NPR, the alignment was extended from the border to Shivmurti, NH, Mahipalpur, with a total length of 28 kilometres, on which the NHAI proposed a 23-kilometre-long elevated road.

After the NHAI took over the construction of the expressway, it also demanded the handover of encumbrance-free land in the remaining 1.4 kilometre stretch at New Palam Vihar to start the construction.

“There are over 200 houses with GPA, the plots or land, which fall in the NPR alignment. The matter is in the high court and until it is in litigation, the Huda cannot claim to have taken custody of the total land in the NPR alignment,” said Pravin Kumar, an oustee.

“The Huda has failed to provide sewer, water, roads and electricity in Sector 110A, where it has allotted alternative plots to oustees. The Huda has committed a mistake by demolishing our houses,” he added.
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