‘No op­er­a­tional loss for metro in re­cent years’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

Do not do any­thing against public in­ter­est,” the court told se­nior advocate Dhruv Me­hta, ap­pear­ing for the Delhi govern­ment.

Se­nior advocate Apara­jita Singh, who is as­sist­ing the court as ami­cus curiae, con­tended that DMRC had been a prof­itable ven­ture which has not wit­nessed any op­er­a­tional losses in re­cent years.

The pro­posal for Phase IV, con­sist­ing of six cor­ri­dors

with a to­tal length of 103.94 km, was sub­mit­ted in 2014 by DMRC and work was to be­gin in 2016 but could not take off due to dif­fer­ences be­tween the two gov­ern­ments. The Cen­tre in March moved to ap­prove three of the six cor­ri­dors.

The three cor­ri­dors — Mukund­pur-Mau­jpur, R K Ashram-Janakpuri West and Aero City-Tugh­lak­abad cor­ri­dors — with a to­tal length of 61.6 km will have 17 un­der­ground and 29 elevated sta­tions. Of its to­tal length, 22.3 km will be un­der­ground and 39.3 km as an elevated sec­tion. The other three pro­posed cor­ri­dors are Rithala-BawanaNare­la, In­der­lok-In­draprastha and La­j­pat Na­gar-Saket G Block.

Set­tling the dis­pute be­tween the Cen­tre and Delhi govern­ment, the bench said fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­ity of Phase IV metro aris­ing out of op­er­a­tional losses and de­fault in loan pay­ment would be borne by Delhi and the land cost for the project would be shared equally be­tween the two gov­ern­ments.

The court re­jected the Cen­tre’s plea that it can­not be asked to pay for the land cost as it is against the Metro pol­icy framed by it in 2017. The Delhi govern­ment had in­sisted on it, say­ing the Cen­tre paid half of the land cost in ear­lier three phases.

“Con­sid­er­ing the pe­cu­liar po­si­tion of Delhi and also the pol­lu­tion as­pect, we di­rect that 50% of the land cost shall be borne by the NCT govern­ment and rest 50% by Cen­tre,” the bench said and di­rected the Cen­tre to re­lease Rs 1,223.60 crore as land cost to DMRC. It di­rected that there should not be any fur­ther de­lay in con­struc­tion of Phase IV of the metro net­work.

The court re­jected the Cen­tre’s plea that it can­not be asked to pay for the land cost as it is against the Metro pol­icy framed by it in 2017

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