Planning Commission on PPP Mode of Metro Rail Projects

By Accommodation Times Bureau

The Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy in a written reply to a query in Rajya Sabha today said that Planning Commission had constituted a Steering Committee on Urbanization to make recommendations in context of formulation of the 12th five year Plan. This Committee had in turn, constituted different Working Groups including Working Group on Urban Transport to suggest recommendations for various sub-sectors. The aforesaid Working Group on Urban Transport has inter-alia stated that Public Private Partnership in Metro Rail projects should be permitted if a project is found to be fit and viable for this approach on account of ridership alone. This, however, should not be linked with providing land for property development beyond what is needed for the operation of rail transit.
The recommendations of the different working groups were examined by the Steering Committee on Urbanization for making recommendations for formulation of 12th Plan. Its recommendations of various other expert bodies are input for formulating the 12th plan. The 12th Plan has not been finalized as yet by Planning Commission.

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