Delhi Metro Phase IV: Work on all 6 Corridors
The Delhi government will soon commence the work for all six corridors on Delhi Metro Phase IV. The centre had approved the Mukundpur-Maujpur, RK Ashram-Janakpuri West and Aero City-Tughlakabad corridors. The centre while giving the permission of Phase IV its go-ahead dropped the three other proposed corridors – Rithala-Bawana-Narela, Inderlok-Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block – approved by the Delhi government. The Supreme Court, on July 12, 2019, ordered implementation of the 103.94-km, Phase IV of the Delhi Metro and directed the authorities concerned, to commence the construction work on the project. A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta were told by the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that they have agreed to give a go-ahead to Phase IV of the Delhi Metro.
Singh referred to a recent report of the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), which said that the approval for ‘103.94-km Phase IV of the Delhi Metro has been held up since 2014 when the project was submitted to the union government for its approval. The report said: “There is a stalemate in the discussions between the union government and the Delhi government, on different financial aspects of the project. The Delhi government has, on April 10, 2019, communicated its direction that DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) would not start work of Delhi Metro Phase IV, till these issues are resolved.”
Additional solicitor general ANS Nadkarni, appearing for the centre, told the bench that project financing had been done in consonance with the Metro Rail Policy of August 2017 and metro projects of other cities like Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Patna and Agra. It had been sanctioned on the same financial pattern as of Delhi Metro Phase IV of the Delhi Metro was ‘critical as it would add another 104 km to the network’ and ‘it is designed to join the current network and will densify it and make the system more viable and attractive to commuters’.
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