Pragati Maidan tunnel: Delhi govt refused its share of funds, Centre borne entire cost

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the newly opened Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor in New Delhi, Sunday 19 June 2022.

Peculiarities

  • AAP risks stalling Pragati Maidan tunnel project
  • The Pragati Maidan Corridor Project was built at a cost of over Rs 920 crore.
  • The prime minister said that the central government will bear the entire cost of the project

Union Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday lashed out at the Delhi government, saying it refused to pay its 20 percent share of funds to build the Pragati Maidan Tunnel, risking stalling a project aimed at making people’s lives easier.

Goyal made the announcement at the opening ceremony of Delhi’s first road tunnel under Pragati Maidan and five underpasses at Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning.

“When the state government showed no interest in the project, the prime minister said that the central government would bear the entire cost of the project.

“Therefore, I pay tribute to the timely completion of the project to the Prime Minister, who continues to think about making people’s lives easier,” Goyal said to applause.

Addressing the audience, Goyal said that initially the project was to be jointly carried out by the Center and the government of Arvind Kejriwal, with the Delhi government to pay 20 percent and the Center to bear 80 percent of the cost.

“Our ITPO (Indian Trade Promotion Organization) officials have repeatedly written and communicated with the government (to pay their share of the funds). But the state government (government of Delhi) was completely ignorant, saying that we would not give money (for the project), Goyal said.

He said it was the Prime Minister’s favorite project and they came to him and said that the project to relieve the entire area of ​​the Ring Road and Bhairon Marg would get stuck.

“When the state government showed no interest in the project, the prime minister said that the central government would bear the entire cost of the project. The remaining 20 percent of the money was paid by ITPO,” he said.

Goyal also said that about 1.14 million vehicles passed through the region in 2017 and that number should increase by 2022.

He said that according to a 2022 estimate, the corridor is likely to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 16,500 tons and help reduce pollution.

The Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor Project was built at a cost of over Rs 920 crore and is fully financed by the central government.

The integrated transit corridor will allow passengers traveling to India Gate and other central areas of Delhi from East Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad and vice versa to avoid traffic jams on ITO, Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg.

It also aims to provide hassle-free and hassle-free access to the new world-class exhibition and convention center being built on Pragati Maidan to facilitate exhibitor and visitor participation in programs hosted there.

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