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Centre supports PPP model in Delhi Metro's phase 4 project: Puri

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

(PPP) is the standard and the Centre supports it, Puri said today after the Metro sent a proposal to the and the Union governments asking them to involve private entities for running trains under its phase four project.

In January, the DMRC had written to both the Centre and the Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, seeking approval for allowing private players to run trains in at least three of the six proposed corridors.

Both the Centre and the have a 50 per cent stake in the Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

"PPP is a national There is no other model," Puri told on the sidelines of an event here.

Asked whether the central would support this model in phase four of the Delhi Metro, the Union said, "Why not. The Centre is doing so everywhere. We had also implemented PPP model in (metro) too."

On being asked about model not succeeding in the section in Delhi, Puri said, "It is a different thing if there is problem in some individual projects. Otherwise, PPP is the standard model."

According to a DMRC official, under model, private entities can run trains while tracks would be laid by the DMRC.

Given an example of Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), the said private entities can be paid on the lines of DIMTS which operates buses of private players and pay them on kilometre basis.

The phase four project of the Delhi Metro, which would add round 70 stations to the network, is still pending with the even after it had given in-principal approval to it in February 2016.

Under this proposed project, a total of 31.47 kilometres of new lines will be underground while 64.39 km tracks would be elevated.

Among the projects chosen under Phase-IV are Rithala-Narela (21.73km), Janakpuri West-R K Ashram (28.92km), Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54km), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58km), Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G-Block (7.96 km).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:50 IST