New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered implementation of the 104 km long Phase-4 project of the Delhi Metro and directed the authorities concerned to commence construction work on the project.
- A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was told by the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that they have agreed to give a go ahead to the Phase-4 of the Delhi metro.
- The apex court was hearing a matter in which the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had recently filed a report stating that the approval for the project was held up since 2014.
- There was a “stalemate” in discussions between the central government and Delhi government on certain financial aspects of the project, the EPCA report said.
- It said,”The Delhi government has on April 10, 2019 communicated its direction that DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) would not start work of Delhi Metro phase-IV till these issues are resolved.”
- The stalemate came under the apex court’s scanner which said it would pass order in the matter as the “project cannot wait”.
- The court was also told by the apex court that the project was “critical” and the pending issue should be resolved soon.
- The Centre had told the court that project financing has been done in consonance with the Metro Rail Policy of August 2017.
- Also, Metro projects of other cities like Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Patna and Agra have been sanctioned on the same financial pattern as of Delhi Metro phase-4.
- The project is “critical as it will add another 104 km to the network” and “it is designed to join the current network and will densify it and make the system more viable and attractive to commuters”, the EPCA report had said.
About Phase-4 of Delhi Metro
- The Phase-4 project of Delhi Metro includes construction of a new 104-kilometer metro rail line and has 6 corridors which will connect the far fetched areas of the capital and will ease long journeys for regular metro passengers.
- The Union Cabinet, in March this year, has approved 3 out of the total 6 corridors in Phase-4 of Delhi Metro.
- The 3 corridors approved by the Union Cabinet are:
- Aerocity to Tughlakabad
- R. K Ashram to Janakpuri West
- Maujpur to Mukundpur
- These corridors will consist of 46 stations, of which 17 stations will be underground and the rest 29 stations will be constructed as elevated sections.
- The total length of these 3 corridors is 61.679 km.
- Out of the total 61.679 km, 22.359 km will be built underground and 39.320 km will be constructed as elevated section.
- The total completion cost of three metro corridors will be Rs.24,948.65 crore.
- The Tughlakabad – Aerocity corridor will further improve connectivity to the Airport.
- Other corridors include:
- Rithala-Bawana-Narela (21.73 km, elevated)
- Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58 km, underground)
- Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block (7.96 km, 5.89-km elevated)
- The Phase-IV project is estimated to cost around Rs 45,000 crore.
- The Delhi Metro’s Phase-4 project is expected to complete by the year 2025.