Temples, shrine removed to clear land for Dwarka Expressway
GURUGRAM: Five temples and one mazār (mausoleum or shrine) that had been coming in the way of Dwarka Expressway were demolished on Wednesday in a joint drive carried out by Huda and MCG officials in the presence of a large contingent of forces deployed to prevent any kind of violent protests.
Officials said the temples and the mazār were among the last few hurdles standing in the way of the project, already delayed by over a decade, and that their ‘peaceful’ removal would help speed up the process to clear the land and hand it over to NHAI for starting construction work.
“The enforcement team of Huda and MCG carried out the drive. While two temples and one mazār were located at the intersection of the expressway and Pataudi road, the other three temples were standing in New Palam Vihar area, hindering the alignment of the ambitious expressway,” said an MCG spokesperson. These apart, one farmhouse in Chauma village was also demolished.
Around 200 policemen, led by ACP Sandeep Kumar and the SHO of Rajendra Park police station, accompanied the demolition team. “But, there was no untoward incident during the drive,” he added.
In the day, Huda administrator Chander Shekhar Khare held a meeting with GMDA and NHAI officials to sort out issues pertaining to Dwarka Expressway, Central Peripheral Road (CPR) and Southern Peripheral Road (SPR).