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Creating 'hurdles' is AAP govt's behavioural pattern, alleges Puri

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has such a behavioural pattern that they always create "hurdles", Puri alleged Wednesday, days after the dispensation imposed a condition of 50-50 sharing in operational losses in the Metro Phase IV.

The Housing and said his officers are currently examining the conditions imposed by the Cabinet, while approving the Phase IV of the Metro on December 21 last year.

After its nod to the much-delayed metro project, the has now sent the same to the ministry.

"We are committed to executing the Metro Phase IV. After obstructing the project for four years, especially two years, they have sent some approvals, but they have such a behaviourial pattern that they always create hurdles," Puri told on the sidelines of an event.

The said as he earlier stated, he would "open a box of sweets" only after he looks into the Delhi government's detailed approvals.

"We will open a box of sweets only when a formal announcement for the Metro Phase IV project is made," Puri had said last year soon after assured people that the Metro Phase IV project would be approved in the next cabinet meeting.

Asked whether his ministry will agree with the government's conditions, Puri said, "Our ministry will announce how we propose to go. We are examining them (conditions)."

The fresh tussle between the Centre and the appears to be brewing after the dispensation imposed a condition of 50-50 per cent operational loss sharing, while giving approval to the Phase IV of the

On January 3, Gahlot had said the Centre was "conspiring" to obstruct the Metro Phase IV project on the pretext of operating loss issue.

"In a conspiracy, the Centre is planning to stop work (on Metro Phase IV). We have heard that a hurdle will be created and the will bear the entire operating loss," Gahlot had said.

Among the projects chosen under the Phase IV are - Rithala-Bawana-Narela (21.73 km, elevated), Janakpuri West-RK Ashram (28.92 km, 21.18-km elevated ), Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km, elevated), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58 km, underground), City-Tughlakabad (20.2 km, 5.58-km elevated), Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block (7.96 km, 5.89-km elevated).

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 17:25 IST