Elevated rail corridor can face further delays

By Accommodation Times News Service

The Churchgate-Virar elevated rail corridor project could be further delayed as the centre sand state governments have failed to resolve differences over a state a support agreement.

Planning Commission deputy Montek Singh Alhuwalia on Thursday assured the state he would take up  the issues of pending clearances in major projects with the ministaries and departments concerned, including the Navi Mumbai airport for which a meeting would be set up with a forest ministry to clear hurdles in the development of 25-km green land. The National Wildlife Board has given its nod for the project said Mohan Ninawe spokesperson Cidco. The clearance was vital as the Karnala Bird Sanctuary is close to proposed airport periphery.

The state turned down terms over conditions of settling of claims and termination payments on the elevated rail corridor and sought more time to seek legal opinion before signing a state support agreement. This means the agreement, which was to be signed in July 2012, will be pushed into further uncertainty.

“If the state is made accountable for a claim, we are capable of taking care of it on our own creditworthiness. How is the WR concerned with these claims,” said a state official.







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