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Delhi Metro benefits from Budget, gets Rs 3,120 crore

BT Online Bureau     March 1, 2013
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has allocated Rs 3,120 crore ($581.927 million) in the Union Budget for the Delhi Metro. The funds will be spent on construction of Phase-III to lay another 103 km of tracks.

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Chidambaram presented India's 82nd Union Budget on Thursday, his eighth.

Of the funds allotted to the urban development ministry, Chidambaram announced one of the largest chunks to Delhi Metro.

The minister in his Budget speech said the central government would infuse Rs 1,750 crore ($326.401 million) as pass through assistance (PTA) for the construction of the ongoing Phase III project of the Delhi Metro and Rs 650 crore as its equity.

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Besides, the union government would offer Rs 600 crore as ubordinate debt for Phase-III, which would be spent for land acquisition and payment of central taxes.

Chidambaram also announced a Rs 120-crore ($22 million) grant for the Delhi Metro National Capital Region (NCR) expansion in Faridabad and Bahadurgarh in Haryana.

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Delhi Metro has begun construction of Phase-III, covering an additional 103 km. The new phase is likely to be completed by 2016.

"The allocation is satisfactory and seemed to be adequate for Phase III expansion this year. If we need further financial assistance, we will place demands under revised expenditure," a Metro spokesperson said.

With inputs from IANS

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