[ecis2016.org] The central government has said that it will go ahead with Phase IV of the Delhi Metro and the Delhi-Meerut rapid rail project on its own, if there is no support forthcoming from the Delhi government
The government has decided to go ahead with Delhi Metro’s Phase IV project and a rapid rail system connecting the national capital with Meerut, union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said. The Delhi government, however, is yet to give its approval for the project. The housing and urban affairs minister had recently said that the AAP-led city government was sitting on the project, which is pending for the last three years.
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“We are finding a solution. The solution is, where we are not getting support from the Delhi government over the metro projects, we have decided that we will do it ourselves. Rail corridors, we will do on our own. If they (Delhi government) are not willing to approve a project or provide funding, we are finding out the solution for it,” Puri said.
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Last year, Puri had reportedly said the delay had pushed the cost of Metro Phase IV by Rs 12,000 crores, adding that the cost of the Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit project had also gone up by Rs 1,000 crores.
Meanwhile, an official at the chief minister’s office said the Delhi government had given an in-principle approval to the Phase IV metro project but the files were pending with bureaucrats at the Delhi finance department. Puri said the Delhi Metro authorities have approved a subsidiary company, which will provide last-mile connectivity from metro stations.
Referring to other developments, the union minister said the contentious issues related to the Rohini residential scheme, launched in 1981 by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), has been resolved and the process for allotting the pending plots would be completed by March-end. Talking about the sealing drive in the city, he said amendments in Master Plan 2021 would be notified soon, after filing an affidavit regarding it in the Supreme Court.
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