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  Metros   Delhi  21 Dec 2018  AAP, BJP trade barbs over delay in Phase 4 of Metro

AAP, BJP trade barbs over delay in Phase 4 of Metro

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 21, 2018, 12:59 am IST
Updated : Dec 21, 2018, 12:59 am IST

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta blamed the AAP government for delaying the project for three years.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP MLA Alka Lamba during the first day of the Assembly Session in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: Asian Age)
 Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and AAP MLA Alka Lamba during the first day of the Assembly Session in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: Asian Age)

NEW DELHI: A day after the much-awaited Metro Phase IV was approved by the Delhi government, the ruling AAP and the Opposition BJP on Thursday traded charges in the Assembly over the delay in the project.

Responding to a vote of thanks motion by ruling party to congratulate the Delhi government, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia slammed the BJP, alleging that the party created hurdles in the project.

 

“Despite the BJP’s conspiracy, the AAP dispensation cleared the Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro for the benefit of Delhiites,” Mr Sisodia said.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta blamed the AAP government for delaying the project for three years.

The approval of the project comes around two-and-a-half years after it had given in-principle nod to the Phase-IV project, which is expected to be completed by 2024.

On the recent Metro fare hike, Mr Sisodia said the Delhi government will reduce metro fare by 25 to 30 per cent and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party does not want the fares to come down.

Mr Sisodia alleged “fictitious” calculation in estimates pointing cost of the Delhi Metro Phase-IV project, which was earlier `57,000 crore and was scaled down to `46,000 crore. “They (BJP) fight to take credit of the Metro Phase-IV, but we fight for the people of Delhi. Based on fictitious calculation, they tried to stall Phase-IV of Metro by hatching conspiracy.”

 

Mr Gupta questioned the ruling party for delaying the project for three years.

“You are trying to misguide the people. After three years, what has changed that you cleared it now,” he said.

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