New Delhi: The central government has decided to go forward with Delhi Metro’s phase IV project and Regional Rapid Rail System (RRTS) connecting the national capital with Meerut. Both major MRTS projects are pending before the Delhi Government for approval.
“The Aam Aadmi Party-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 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,” Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of housing and urban affairs told media on Monday.
According to union minister, the delay had pushed the cost of Metro Phase IV by Rs12,000 crore, adding that the cost of Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit project had also gone up by Rs1,000 crore. Meanwhile, an official at the chief minister’s office said the Delhi government had given in-principle approval to DMRC’s phase IV project, but the files were pending with bureaucrats at the finance department.
Puri said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation have approved a subsidiary company which will provide last-mile connectivity from metro stations.