‘Ready to help govt with Metro phase-IV’

Stating that approval for Delhi Metro’s phase-IV was of “utmost importance”, Union Minister Hardeep Puri said that the Centre was mulling bringing on board foreign companies to provide financial aid to the Delhi government, for the project.

Mr. Puri, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, said that despite several reminders, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has not been available for a discussion regarding the road block that the proposal has hit.

“I have been trying to meet Mr. Kejriwal over this issue for a very long time, but every time the meeting is being delayed for one reason or another. Now the Delhi government is saying that the delay is over financial matters. In order to provide financial aid to the State government, we can also help them take a loan from companies abroad. I will try and meet him next week to convince him. The Delhi Metro’s phase-IV is of utmost significance and it is important that the proposal is approved,” said Mr. Puri.

The proposal for the phase-IV, which got an in-principle approval from the Delhi government in 2017, has been pending with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for over two years now.

Referring to the deadlock over the project, Mr. Puri in March this year had said that the Centre will take a “decision” if the Delhi government fails to take one.

Concessional passes

Meanwhile, reiterating his earlier stand, Mr. Puri said that concessional passes for students and senior citizens is being considered.

“We are committed to the proposal and once the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation [DMRC] tells us that the required technology is ready, we can consider it. We can even think of linking Aadhaar to make it easier to identify,” said Mr. Puri.

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