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Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project cleared after a two-year delay

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The Phase-IV project was earlier scheduled to be completed by 2022, but has now been pushed by two more years. The delay happened when the Delhi government had, in 2016, asked the finance department to conduct a feasibility study on Phase-IV.

After a delay of over two years, the Delhi government on Wednesday finally cleared the Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project. Work on the 103.93-kilometer long line would begin from January, 2019, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2024.

Despite stating previously that it would approve only three corridors, the Delhi cabinet, chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, cleared all six lines of the project on Wednesday.

Elaborating on the cabinet decision, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that the Phase-IV project was a New Year’s gift for Delhiites. “Once ready, the upcoming lines will provide seamless connectivity, especially to people of outer Delhi. The Delhi government will give its share of Rs 9,707 crore for the construction of the Metro lines, estimated to cost around Rs 46,000 crore,” he said.

While the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which will execute the project, refused to issue any statement on the matter, officials said the proposal will now go to the Centre for approval.

“Approval from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs won’t take much time as officials there have been seeking updates regularly. After the Centre’s approval, the DMRC will commence work on Phase-IV,” a Metro official said on condition of anonymity.

The proposed lines— Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km), Rithala-Narela (21.73 km), Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58km), Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block (7.96km) and Janakpuri (west)-RK Ashram (28.92 km) — will cater to an estimated ridership of 10 lakh people every day.

Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said that after completion of the Phase-IV, the total length of the Metro network in Delhi-NCR will be approximately 453.58 kilometres. “The DMRC said it will execute all the six corridors simultaneously. In case there are any operating losses in Phase-IV, then it will be shared between the Delhi government and the Central government in a 50:50 proportion,” he said.

Metro officials also maintained they are not going to wait for the Phase-III project to be completed to start work on the Phase-IV corridors. “All major lines remaining under the phaseIII, which spans across 107 kilometres, will be completed by next month. Only smaller links such Mayur Vihar to Trilokpur, which is a one-kilometre stretch, will be finished by mid-2019,” another official said.

The Phase-IV project was earlier scheduled to be completed by 2022, but has now been pushed by two more years. The delay happened when the Delhi government had, in 2016, asked the finance department to conduct a feasibility study on Phase-IV.

In its report, the finance department wrote that the project could turn out to be a “colossal waste of money” and declared three of the six corridors “financially unviable”. Following this, the Delhi government refused to approve the project.

It was only in October that the Delhi government finally agreed to approve the Phase-IV project in its totality.

On November 4, Hindustan Times had reported how the cost of the project was slashed by nearly Rs 10,000 crore owing to reduction in the cost escalation projection.

Source: HindustanTimes

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Image: Bhagwant Mann (Twitter)

Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

Source: Aajtak

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