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An official of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) said on Sunday that five agencies have shown interest and submitted their technical bids, and at least three of the firms have been found to be eligible.
The service roads will be laid down over 15.3km on both sides of the expressway, which is flanked by sectors 81 to 115 in either direction. These will run from the expressway’s junction with the Central Peripheral Road up to the Delhi-Haryana border. There are around 200 societies in these sectors, where most of the city’s growing population is increasingly shifting, and several villages.
According to the proposal, the service roads will be a “lifeline” for parallel traffic to the expressway, giving access to commuters of neighbouring areas.
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But construction of the roads, estimated to cost Rs 93.2 crore, is likely to take two-and-a-half years to be completed after the work is allotted, GMDA official said.
This also means that even though the expressway will be opened to traffic later this year, residents of new sectors still won’t have direct connectivity to get on the access-controlled corridor until 2026. Until then, they will have to take longer routes as there are limited options to take the expressway such as the Pataudi intersection, Sector 84 roundabout, and from Bajghera and Daultabad.
Sangeeta Singh, a resident of sector 82, said the project was crucial as the Dwarka Expressway has limited entry and exit points.
“It will ease inter-sector travel too as we don’t have to make long detours just to reach from one sector to another. However, the project should be taken up on fasttrack, so that construction work would not become an obstruction after the opening of the expressway,” she added.
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First planned in 2020, the service lane-project got administrative approval only in June 2022. The tender for construction of 7.5-metre-wide service roads along with drains, footpaths and installation of streetlights was invited in November last year but only two agencies came forward.
GMDA subsequently scrapped the process and invited the tender again in January. But this too was recalled in May due to lack of interest. The tender was floated for a third time this June.
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“Out of the five agencies, three bids are found eligible as per the criteria prescribed during technical evaluation. Now, financial scrutiny will be done at higher government authority level before allotment of the project. We are trying to complete the process at earliest,” the authority official said.