New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted time to DDA to clarify its stand on increasing financial contribution, as proposed by Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), in 3 priority corridors of the Delhi Metro‘s phase-IV project.
The 103.94 km long phase-IV of Delhi metro will consist of 6 corridors-
- Aerocity to Tughlakabad
- Inderlok to Indraprastha
- Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block
- Mukundpur to Maujpur
- Janakpuri West to R K Ashram
- Rithala to Bawana and Narela.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had on March 9 this year approved the 61.66 km, 3 priority corridors — Aerocity to Tughlakabad, R K Ashram to Janakpuri (west) and Mukundpur to Maujpur — at a cost of Rs 24,948.65 crore.
- A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta also asked the Centre to apprise it about the status of sanction for the work related to 6 corridors of the phase-IV.
- The DDA’s counsel sought time from the bench to clarify their stand on the issue in which the EPCA has suggested that DDA can be asked to give Rs 2,500 crore for the 3 priority corridors out of their agreed Rs 5,000 crore for 6 corridors of phase-IV.
- The DDA‘s counsel told the bench,”Give us two days time. It is a matter of finance.”
- To this, the bench said, “If you (DDA) are under the impression that you are obliging the court by doing it, then we can pass order directing you to do it”.
- The counsel appearing for Delhi government told the bench that work for the phase-IV of metro should commence for all the 6 corridors.
- Of the 103.94 km to be constructed under phase-IV, 37.01 km will be underground while around 66.92 km will be elevated.
- The estimated cost of the project is Rs 46,845 crore.