Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is scheduled to take stock of the expansion work of NH-24 in his monthly Pragati meeting. The project has been moving at slow pace 10 months after Modi laid the foundation stone for this project due to several hurdles including encroachments and two bridges over the Yamuna, which await the green tribunal’s nod. Till now one package of the project stretch–Delhi border to Dasna–has not been awarded and NHAI is waiting for environment clearance for expanding this section as well. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has referred the case of building two parallel bridges along the existing ones on Yamuna to its expert committee. A 2014 NGT order restricts any construction on Yamuna floodplains without its approval. The work for widening of Delhi border to Dasna section would be awarded within a week. NHAI has received four bids after re-floating tenders. During the review meeting, highway ministry is likely to submit the need to expedite environment clearance and getting nearly 34 hectares from Delhi Development Authority, which NHAI can hand over to Delhi forest department for compensatory afforestation.
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