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Mobility projects in Delhi stuck due to non-cooperation of Delhi government, says Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

A day after being accused of ‘hijacking the work of an elected government’ by Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today took to Twitter to slam the Delhi government for delaying the mobility projects in the capital by not cooperating with the union government. In a series of tweets, Puri said, that owing to the lack of support from Delhi government, in October 2017 it was decided that the remaining 20% of the funding for the skywalk would be provided by the DDA (Delhi Development Authority, which is under the central government).

He added that the state PWD (public works department) would execute the job and then raise a bill to DDA. This way, while the money will show as an expenditure in the state government’s books, the Delhi government would actually be claiming it all back from DDA. Such reimbursement will not take place in cases where the state PWD is not the executing body. Puri then brought out other projects which have hit a roadblock owing to the Delhi government.

The skywalk, fully funded by the Centre at the cost of Rs. 54.85 crore, was inaugurated on Monday. On a review undertaken in October 2017 in the Ministry in view of the slow progress in these projects, it was decided that the projects where balance funding of 20% of the project cost was not forthcoming from the Delhi government, the same may be funded by the DDA/ITPO i.e., 100% funding by the Central Government.

While no one from the Delhi government was invited, many current and former PWD workers were present at the ceremony.

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