Centre in a bind over two Mumbai Metro rail projects



NEW DELHI: A section within the central government is in a bind over the scheduled foundation stone laying ceremony of two Metro rail projects in Mumbai by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

This is because, neither have the detailed project report of the two projects–cleared by the Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday–been submitted to the Centre nor has the Union Cabinet put its stamp of approval on these proposals.

Sources said these are mandatory considering the fact that it’s Centre which is the sovereign guarantor for any external loan that a Metro project gets. “How can we have two parameters for different projects? In the case of Lucknow Metro project we are ensuring that the due procedure is followed while giving central approval, there cannot be a separate set of norms for others,” pointed out a government official who did not wish to be named.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday asked for a brief on the two projects from the urban development ministry, which deals with the Metro rail projects across the country. More info