New Delhi, June 26: With the conflict between the Centre and Aam Aadmi Party over the delay in the beginning of the work for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's project’s Phase 4 gaining momentum, Centre had Arvind Kejriwal government to let DMRC begin the work. The work has been delayed by over four years.
Earlier in May, the Kejriwal government had asked DMRC to stop work in all three corridors of Phase 4, until the Centre revised its approval in tune with the state government’s proposal of all six corridors. All these three priority corridors include - Aerocity to Tughlakabad, R K Ashram to Janakpuri West and Maujpur to Mukundpur. Delhi Metro's Blue Line Services Affected Due to Technical Glitch
With the completion of these three corridors of the DMRC, an added network route of about 61 km would be included in the existing network. The three corridors are estimated to cost a little less than Rs 25,000 crore and were approved by PM Narendra Modi-led union government. It is to to be known that the Centre and the state government are equal shareholders in DMRC.
Writing a letter to the Delhi government, union housing and urban affairs secretary Durga Shankar Mishra said, as reported by Hindustan Times, "The directive of GNCTD to DMRC not to start the work of phase IV will further jeopardize the expansion of metro network in the capital and leave it devoid of benefits apart from adding to cost and time overruns."
Adding more, he mentioned, "You are aware that there cannot be any special privilege conditions for Delhi…. Hence there is no question of accepting the recommendation of GNCTD, as mentioned above, which has not been done for any other metro project."