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Last Updated : Aug 04, 2020 04:46 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Decision in reopening Metros likely in two weeks: Hardeep Singh Puri

The ministry has pushed for reopening of the transport system as losses continue to grow and road traffic jams worsen

Hardeep Singh Puri (PIB/PTI Photo)
Hardeep Singh Puri (PIB/PTI Photo)

Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, said the Centre will take a decision on “re-opening urban Metro transport systems in a staggered manner with limited occupancy initially” in the next two weeks.

“Standard operating procedures (SOPs) on opening Metro (transport) systems over the next two weeks are in place… but it would be in a staggered manner with occupancy not exceeding 50 percent capacity for government servants, healthcare workers and other essential services,” Puri told The Economic Times.

The ministry has pushed for reopening of the transport system as losses continue to grow and road traffic jams worsen. Puri told the paper that operators have tested systems “regularly, and 50 percent are in state of readiness.”

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Sources further added that not only Delhi, but Metro services in cities across the country will likely be brought back online. This will likely be announced as part of the Unlock 4.0 guidelines due in August-end.

Further speaking about construction of a new Parliament and Central Secretariat buildings and redevelopment of Central Vista, Puri said the criticisms were “not serious” and based on “incomplete information.”

He also addressed his twitter back-and-forth with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, over an order from his ministry asking the Congress leader to vacate her government accommodation.

"There is no issue of timing … special protection group (SPG) cover was withdrawn in October 2019 and she should have vacated the government accommodation provided to her then… Separately, the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation conducts an exercise based on threat perception. Some people, who are closely associated with Congress, have been allowed to occupy government accommodation based on this exercise."

He also spoke about the border situation with China in Ladakh, stating that the incident has shown us not to be exclusively dependent on one supply chain.

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First Published on Aug 4, 2020 04:46 pm
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