New Delhi: Delhi Metro’s phase IV, which has been long pending clearance with the Delhi government, may be approved by the state in the next 10 days.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on the sidelines of his door-to-door campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said phase IV of the Delhi Metro will be approved by his administration.
According to the report, Kejriwal said that approval will be given to “all” proposed corridors of phase IV, but it was not clear whether all six proposed corridors will be given the go-ahead or just the three corridors which were found viable by the government.
Earlier, the state government had deemed three corridors – Tughlaqabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), Rithala-Narela (21.73 km), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58 km) – proposed under the phase IV financially unviable.
The government found – Janakpuri West-RK Ashram (28.92 km), Lajpat Nagar- Saket G-Block (7.96 km), Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km) – viable financially.
Delhi government had, in January 2017, given in-principle approval for phase IV of the Delhi metro project, but the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is still awaiting final approval and financial commitment by the state government for the project.
Phase IV will cost Rs 55,208 crore and both the Delhi government and the Union government have an equal stake in the DMRC. The Central government can only approve the project after it is approved by the Delhi government.
The central government given the in-principle approval for phase-IV projects. But still seeking state government approval. Now two years had over but Delhi government is not responding to the projects.
About Metro Phase-IV:
The phase-IV consists 104-kilometer network proposed in this phase is expected to cater to 1.5 million passengers daily.
The 104 Km extension includes different station viz. Rithala to Narela (21 km), Inderlok to Indraprastha (12 km), Tughlakabad to Aerocity (20 km),Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block (8 km), Janakpuri to RK Ashram (28 km), Mukundpur to Maujpur (12 km) ,HUDA City Centre to Gurgaon Railway Station (29 km) ,IFFCO Chowk to Dwarka Sector 21 (12.5 km), Gurgaon Railway Station to Palam Vihar (23 km)