The ruling Aam Aadmi Party dispensation and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday blamed each other in the Assembly for delay in Phase 4 of the Delhi Metro. As per the AAP, it was the government at the Centre that created hurdles in the approval of the project, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during Vote of Thanks motion on approval of phase four of Delhi Metro.
Mr Sisodia hit out at the BJP saying that BJP not only created hurdles but made every possible effort to stall the project that included miscalculations in the overall cost and others. He alleged that ‘fictitious’ calculation in estimating cost of the Delhi Metro Phase-IV project, later came down by Rs 11,000 crore.
He slammed the BJP responding to a Vote of Thanks motion by the party in power to congratulate Delhi Government for go ahead for the project which is expected to be completed by 2024. Mr Sisodia also hit-out at the Centre over the fare hike in the Metro alleging that the BJP does not want the fare to come down.
He said that if the Delhi Government runs the Metro fully, then they would bring down the fare at least by 25 to 30 per cent. Leader of Opposition in the assembly, Vijender Gupta however blamed the AAP for delay in the Metro, while another MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa also alleged that it was the AAPs Delhi Government that delayed the project in view of favoring OLA and Uber cabs.
Talking to reporters outside the house, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that it was allegedly done by the BJP appointed officials who raised objections trying to misguide the government, and the files keep shuttling between the Centre and Delhi government raising questions about viability of the corridors and operational losses etc and despite that Delhi government came out of all that and approved the project.
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