Delhi Metro | Delhi Govt. declares two new corridors of phase IV economically unviable

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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi Government has refused to grant sanction for construction of two new corridors of DMRC’s phase-IV project. Delhi government declaring two of the six corridors “economically unviable”. These two corridors are Rithala-Bawana-Narela and Aerocity-Saket-Tughlakabad corridor which have been found to be non-feasible in a detailed analysis of Phase IV conducted by the chief secretary at the behest of the Kejriwal government.

The DMRC had sought a nod for three routes- Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, Mukundpur to Maujpur and Aerocity-Tughlakabad. It was planning to initiate work for Phase-IV starting from the Aerocity line, followed by Rithala-Bawana-Narela as it deemed a significant route to the DMRC. It had also put in place tasks like civil design, building architect so as to start the work as soon as it gets a green signal from the government.

In last year Delhi Government had given in principle approval to DMRC on a detailed project report (DPR) of phase IV project submitted by DMRC. However, the Delhi government expressed its reservation on the three corridors that are part of Phase IV after it got into loggerheads with the DMRC last year over fare hike. In fact, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had even said while flagging off the Pink Line last month that some part of Phase-IV was not viable, hence it will grant permission for routes that are largely beneficial.

The DMRC had sought a nod for three routes- Janakpuri West to RK Ashram, Mukundpur to Maujpur and Aerocity-Tughlakabad. It was planning to initiate work for Phase-IV starting from the Aerocity line, followed by Rithala-Bawana-Narela as it deemed a significant route to the DMRC. It had also put in place tasks like civil design, building architect so as to start the work as soon as it gets a green signal from the government.

According to sources DMRC said that Delhi government feels these routes will not witness enough passenger traffic to justify the construction cost. The government also not in a mood to bear the burden of losses after the centre refused to bear the operational cost.

With the current development, the 104-km long stretch will miss another deadline of going ahead with the construction.

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