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.
The government has decided to go forward with Delhi Metro’s phase IV project and 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. “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 we will do it ourself. 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,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Last year, Puri had reportedly said the delay had pushed the cost of Metro Phase IV by Rs 12,000 crore, adding that the cost of Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit project had also gone up by Rs 1,000 crore. Meanwhile, an official at the chief minister’s office said the Delhi government had given 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. Highlighting his ministry’s achievement in the last six years, 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 will be completed by the month-end.
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