Delhi Metro proposes inviting private partners to run trains in Phase 4

Work for Phase 4 of Delhi Metro was supposed to begin in 2016 and be completed by 2021.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Top officials say that Phase 4 of the Delhi Metro facing delays due to a tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government over funding, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed to the two stakeholders to involve private entities to run its trains. In the last week of January, DMRC wrote to the Delhi government and the Union urban development ministry, each of which has a 50% stake in the corporation, requesting for approval of at least three of six proposed corridors.

It also brought up trying a public-private partnership (PPP) for the Metro without elaborating how the model would work. The project has been pending approval for nearly three years, with the files seemingly stuck with the Delhi government. Work was to begin in 2016 and be completed by 2021.

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