UT replies to MUD queries on Metro
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The UT Administration has replied to the queries sent by the Ministry of Urban Development about the Metro Rail report. The report had been sent to the MUD as well as the Ministry of Home Affairs a few months ago. The ministry had sent some queries seeking clarity on several issues, with one of the primary issues being funding for the project.
The funding for the project, that is expected to cost around Rs 10,900 crore is to be shared between Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
The Administration in its reply has stated that the Punjab government has given approval for providing its share of funds. The approval was given in a Cabinet meeting. For funding by Chandigarh a model has been provided in the Detailed Project Report (DPR). It is expected that funds will be sought from some international agencies.
It is after the ministry gives its nod to the Administration that work on the Metro Rail project will be started. While according to the DPR, the construction of the Metro was to start in April this year, this deadline will be missed.
At present the physical demarcation of the two routes of the Metro Rail is going on. Officials from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are expected to visit the city soon to inspect this.