Around 90,000 people have invested in residential and commercial properties in more than 100 projects being developed along Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) also known as Dwarka Expressway, which was conceived and developed as alternate route between Delhi and Gurgaon. The road was expected to reduce traffic load of 40% on NH-8. Most of the real-estate project of Gurgaon planned on this expressway, which was promoted as new Gurgaon, but even after seven years NPR, now a national highway, is still incomplete ridden with litigation and obstacles.
"Left with no hope, now we seek divine help through this havan and puja, so that God helps us, protect our hard earned money invested in these properties and give us our home," said Gaurav Prakash , an executive member of DXP Welfare Association, a group of home buyers. He said more than 1000 families have got the possession of their flats in last few months but they are unable to move into their dream home due to non-completion of Dwarka Expressway.
More than hundred home buyers from different project assembled at end point of Dwarka Expressway in Gurgaon at sector 111 to perform puja and havan. Later they took out a rally on e-way to register their grievance over delay in completion of the road.
"My father who is physically handicapped had purchased a flat with all his life time savings in 2011 on Dwarka Expressway thinking of it to be a world class road with metro connectivity. But our dream has turned nightmare due to delay in completion of this road. I pay rent and EMI but we are not sure when this road will be completed," Prakhar Sahay, one of the home buyers.
Komal Ahuja, vice-president of DXP said after returning from USA in 2014 he booked a flat on e-way with a hope to live in an area with world class infrastructure. "Forget about world class infrastructure, we have not able to get basic infrastructure like road, water, sewerage, electricity connection," said Ahuja adding that home buyers are today in middle of nowhere, they have invested in property which have no connectivity with mainland.
There were home buyers, who have got possession of their flats but not able to shift into their houses in lack of connectivity and basic civic infrastructure. "I got possession of my flat, which I had purchased after paying several crores, few months back, but still I am staying in rented flat in Dwarka as there is no connectivity due to incomplete Dwarka Expressway," said Manish Grover.
Finding it hard to pay EMI and rent, some of the people who got possession shifted to their house, but in absence of basic civic amenities, they have to face problems on daily basis. "We shifted to our house few weeks back, but living in this area which has no connection with mainland is very difficult. There is no connectivity, proper water and electricity, no shops ... nothing. It is like living in an isolated island," said Major (rtd) RK Rao.
Source : TOI , 23rd Oct 2016