The Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project has faced a setback from the Supreme Court in a matter related to funding. The Supreme Court is displeased with the Delhi government for not providing funds for the rapid transit project. In response, the Supreme Court has directed the Delhi government to deposit 415 crore rupees within a week. If the amount is not deposited within the stipulated time, the Supreme Court has threatened to halt funding by imposing a ban on the government's advertising budget. The Supreme Court has given a one-week ultimatum and stated that if the funds are not provided, the money will be deducted from the advertising budget. The next hearing in this matter is scheduled for November 28th.
The Supreme Court, while pressuring the Delhi government for not providing 415 crore rupees, stated that if this amount is not given, they will attach it by imposing a ban on the advertising budget of the Delhi government. The Supreme Court emphasized the necessity of the project for curbing pollution, saying that it is essential for preventing pollution. The advertising budget of the Delhi government for the past three years was 1100 crore rupees, while this year's budget is 550 crore rupees. On July 24th, the Supreme Court had remarked that if the Delhi government can allocate ₹1100 crore for advertising in three years, then funds are also essential for fundamental infrastructure projects.
The Supreme Court had issued a warning that either make the payment or the court will order the attachment of its funds. Despite the reparation agreement made by the Delhi government to pay the due amount of 415 crore rupees within two months after the rebuke and warning from the Supreme Court, the order was not complied with. Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia had remarked that if the government can allocate ₹1,100 crore for advertising in the past three years, it can also allocate funds for fundamental infrastructure projects.
The bench had directed the state government to make the payment for the pending amount for the project within two months. In the beginning of this month, the Supreme Court had rebuked the Delhi government for the delay in contributing its share of funds for the project. Following that, the court had instructed the Delhi government to provide a detailed breakdown of its expenditures on advertisements over the past three financial years. This happened when the Delhi government stated that it does not have funds for this project. Today, during the hearing, the counsel for the Delhi government stated that the funds will be allocated for the project.
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