The Prime Minister’s Office [PMO] cleared the path to complete Dwarka Expressway. The office of the Prime Minister intervened in the issue related to this expressway with NHAI, the Delhi government, forest ministry and DDA recently and the process for the same will be completed in the next two months after which the work for this expressway will begin.
According to the Sources, NAHI i.e National Highways Authority of India will require forest clearance for nearly 4Km stretch out of the 10Km way of the Dwarka expressway that falls in the national capital. The authority will also need permission from Delhi’s forest department to cut trees on the stretch.
The officials said that the National Highway Authority of India will transplant nearly 10,000 of the identified trees that will be wedged because of the road construction. The land for compensatory afforestation for felling of trees will be provided by the Delhi Development Authority also known as DDA.
There were two opinions on forest clearance as NHAI maintained that the forest clearance should be granted according to the laws instead of the At. Whereas the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government wanted NHAI to apply for forest clearance under the Forest Conservation Act as tree-felling is equal to the diversion of forest land. They also said that the roadside planting of trees by the Delhi Development authority should be treated as deemed forest.
Recently, Prime Minister’s principal secretary Nripendra Mishra called a meeting that was attended by the top representatives from highways and environment ministries, officials from Delhi government and DDA. The meeting was called to figure out differences and confusions due to which the Dwarka Expressway project is held up.
It will take two and a half year to complete this project as the work on the same is likely to commence before the end of this year.