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Dwarka expressway home buyers to go on hunger strike from Jan 10 over Kherki Daula toll

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Residents and homebuyers of the Dwarka Expressway, on Sunday, announced that they will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from January 10 to protest against the failure of the government to remove the Kherki Daula toll plaza and getting the work started on all four phases of the Dwarka Expressway. The residents said that despite repeated promises by officials and ministers nothing concrete has happened on the ground. The indefinite hunger strike will be held under the aegis of the Dwarka Expressway (DXP) Welfare Association, said its members.

The venue of the hunger strike would be the Kherki Daula side of the Dwarka Expressway, near Sector 84, the association said. “We have been repeatedly interacting with different government agencies, pursuing the completion of the Dwakra Expressway and the removal of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, but despite all assurances nothing concrete has happened. So we have decided to go on a hunger strike to protest against government’s inaction and the failure of the public agencies to deliver on their promises,” said Prakhar Sahai, secretary of the association.

There are over 175 residential projects on the Dwarka Expressway, in which around 1.30 lakh residential units have been sold to the buyers. The road also has 50 commercial projects and thousands of investors have also put in their money in the hope of growth. A large number of people are also affected because of the presence of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, which the real estate developers had promised would be removed by 2017-18. However, little movement on these two key issues has upset the buyers, as they have to spend an average ₹2,000 per month to use the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

“I am fighting for these issues from the last many years, and now I am ready to sacrifice my life, so that the government understands the pain of residents around the Dwarka Expressway,” said Yashesh Yadav, president of the association.