New Delhi, India (Metro Rail News): Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday presented the second Union Budget of the Modi 2.0 government. In a major boost in regional connectivity in the Delhi-NCR, She allocated Rs 2,487 crore to the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) projects in the Budget 2020-21. A total of Rs 20,000 crore has been allocated for Mass Rapid Transit System projects, which includes all the metro projects across the country and the RRTS project. NCRTC gets Rs 2,487 crores separately from union budget 2020-21. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which has started work on its Phase IV project didn’t get any funds separately.
According to the source, Centre has provided a consolidated allocation for all metro projects and DMRC would ask for funds as per its requirement from the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, which is the nodal authority for all metro projects. three have been prioritised for implementation in Phase-I of the eight identified RRTS corridors to connect various NCR towns by the planning commission-appointed task force.
NCRTC official said that these include the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar corridor and Delhi-Panipat corridor. “Civil construction of the 82-km Delhi-Meerut corridor is in full swing and piling and pier works are being done on the 17km priority section between Sahibabad to Duhai” he further added.