Delhi govt approves all six corridors of the Phase IV of Delhi metro

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All the six corridors of the Phase IV of Delhi Metro have been approved by Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal cabinet on Wednesday.

The Phase IV of Delhi Metro will have 79 new stations spread over 103.93 kms and in addition to this, 334 additional rolling stock have also been approved.

The project will have 31.47 kms of new underground lines and 64.39 km of tracks on elevated corridor.
It will include several new sections-

– 7.96 km Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-block
– 12.54 km Mukundpur to Maujpur
– 12.58 km Inderlok to Indraprastha
– 20.20 km Tughlakabad to Aerocity
– 21.73 km Rithala to Narela
– 28.92 km Janakpuri (west) to RK Ashram

The long-awaited project is said to be the most expensive project of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) with initial reports stating the cost to be Rs 45,603 crore and then revised to Rs 46,800 crore. The cost of the Phase IV project was slashed by Rs 10,000 crore by taking taxes as per GST into account, as per media reports.

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The delayed approval of the project is attributed to the tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre regarding the funding of the project. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had recently stated that the Centre was awaiting a financial nod from the Delhi government for this project, but the AAP government had stated that it ‘assumed’ the Central government would be funding the project.

“Hardeep Singh Puri ji had said that he would provide funds himself (for Metro Phase-IV), we thought they would be doing so,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said.

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“It will be huge atrocities against Delhiites if the work of Metro Phase-IV does not begin from January 1… But, I want to assure that as we cleared other projects (of Delhi), we will not let the people of Delhi down. The work of Phase-IV will commence on time. We will find some solution,” Puri had then said.

The work on Phase IV project of the Delhi Metro is likely to be completed by the end of December 2024.

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