New Delhi (Metro Rail News): On Tuesday, the Supreme Court criticised the Delhi government for not providing funds for the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridors.
What did the apex court say?
The apex court said budgetary provision was something the state government should look into, but if such national projects were to be affected. Money was spent on advertisements, and it would be inclined to direct those funds to this project. Additionally, if the dues were not paid within a week, the funds allocated by the AAP government for advertisements would be transferred to the project.
The court observed that the Delhi Government is in blatant non-compliance with the prior assurances that it had provided. The government of Delhi was directed in the month of April itself to pay its due RRTS for the timely implementation of the service, although it still needs to.
A week Time
The apex court has granted the government of Delhi a week to allocate the funds for the same, or the inclination of directing the ad budget of the government towards RRTS will come into effect.
The Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) is a mass rapid transit network stretching 82.15 kilometres, connecting Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan with Ghaziabad and Meerut. The construction of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor, with a total cost of Rs 30,000 crore, is underway. The inaugural phase of the priority corridor, spanning 17 kilometres, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. This segment includes five stations: Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guildhar, Duhai, and Duhai Depot.
On October 20th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched India’s inaugural RAPIDX train, Namo Bharat, departing from Sahibabad Station. These trains are designed to operate at a top speed of 180 kmph, with ticket prices ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 50 for standard coaches and Rs 50 to Rs 100 for premium coaches.
The RRTS project entails semi-high-speed rail corridors connecting Delhi to Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Alwar in Rajasthan, and Panipat in Haryana.
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