The Rithala-Bawana-Narela corridor of the Delhi Metro proposed under its Phase-IV project should be able to get the government approval soon in the next few months. The Union Cabinet had approved three of the six corridors of the Phase-IV approved by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dispensation, sidelining the conditions imposed by the Delhi government while giving its nod to all six corridors.
The 103.94 km long phase-IV of Delhi metro will consist of six corridors — Aerocity to Tughlakabad; Inderlok to Indraprastha; Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block; Mukundpur to Maujpur; Janakpuri West to R K Ashram and the Rithala-Bawana-Narela corridor.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had approved the 61.66 km, three priority corridors — Aerocity to Tughlakabad, RK Ashram to Janakpuri (West) and Mukundpur to Maujpur — at a cost of Rs 24,948.65 crore.
While approving the Phase-IV project, the Delhi Cabinet had imposed two conditions — 50-50 sharing of operational loss between the Delhi government and the Centre, and that the Delhi government will not bear any liability of repayment of loan given by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Centre and the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation had been at loggerheads before the approval by the Delhi government.