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The Supreme Court (SC) directed to start the construction work for Delhi Metro’s Phase IV on Friday. It was delayed by over three years due to a tussle between the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government over clearances and funding after the Delhi government said that it will approve the project.
The AAP government had not approved the project, objecting to the central government’s proposal that it would have to bear the land cost, operational losses, and repayment of the loan in case of default. It said that the land cost of Rs 2,447 crore for the three approved corridors should be equally shared by both the governments. However, it agreed with the Centre’s proposal to share the central tax burden equally.
The Delhi Metro’s Phase IV consists of six corridors with a total length of 103.94km, connecting Aerocity to Tughlakabad, Inderlok to Indraprastha, Lajpat Nagar to Saket G block, Mukundpur to Maujpur, Janakpuri West to R K Ashram and Rithala to Bawana and Narela. It is likely to add around 18.6 lakh riders per day.
The court, in the last hearing, agreed with the amicus curiae and the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) that the project is critical for the city and issued notice to the Delhi government. In a response to the notice, senior advocate Dhruv Mehta, who appeared for the AAP government, told the bench that the project will be approved so that construction work could commence. The dispute with the Centre could be adjudicated later by the court, according to a newspaper report.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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