The central government is likely to go ahead with Delhi Metro’s phase 4 project as it has been pending with Delhi’s AAP government for two years. If they succeed in doing so it would be the first project to be completed by the central government alone. Otherwise, till now the project had been under the ownership of both the central and state government.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs quoted that the Central government is left with no other choice than to execute the project without the state government. They state that the delay made by the AAP government is the reason for the decision. He also told that despite reminding Arvind Kejrival quite a few times there has been no progress from their side.
Sources report that at present financial requirements are being worked out. They also revealed that the central government realizes that this step is a violation of 50-50 partnership model. As per official records, the file containing the proposal of the estimated Rs 55,000 crore phase 4 project of Delhi Metro is with, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot. In 2016, an in-principle approval was given to the project but the financial aspect was left out.
According to an official in the Delhi Transport Department, under the new arrangement of GST, the state government will have to spend more than that of central government. Also, the losses will have to be borne by the Delhi transport department.
Recently, the Delhi Finance department noted that the government can give its approval to four of the six proposed corridors. The AAP cabinet has still not looked into the observation made by the Finance Department. However, the DMRC does not agrees. It is because the report does not include the 22 km long Tughlakabad-Aerocity line. The projects which did get approval by the Finance department are Janakpuri West-R K Ashram line of 28.92 km, Inderlok-Indraprastha line of 12.58 km, Mukundpur-Maujpur line of 12.54 km and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block line of 7.96 km.
Apart from the Tughlakabad-Aerocity line, the Rithala-Narela line of 21.73 km has been shown the red flag by the finance department because of possible lack of ridership. On the other hand, Delhi Metro officials believe the exclusion of the line makes the entire project unviable.