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Why not pay for RRTS if you have money to spend on ads? SC to Delhi gov.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government was censured by the Supreme Court on Monday for spending $1,100 crore on advertisements during the previous three years while complaining about a lack of resources to pay its $415 crore portion of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project. The Delhi administration was ordered by the court to distribute the funds in two months.

Justices SK Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia emphasised that money should be dedicated to crucial infrastructure projects if such a sizeable sum could be spent on commercials. “The amount you are contributing for the initiative is less than your one-year advertising budget. The NCT government’s open offer to fund the project was the only reason we were forced to pass the most recent directive. According to the court, if a budget of $1,100 crore could be set aside for advertising over the course of the previous three fiscal years, then contributions to infrastructure projects may undoubtedly be made.

The Delhi government defended the PR spending in its affidavit to the court by arguing that it was necessary for sound governance and efficient management. According to reports, the money was utilised to extend the reach of government initiatives so that the general population would gain from numerous programmes.

The government also asserted that the amount spent on publicity was appropriate for promoting its efforts. The RRTS length that will link the national capital with Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Alwar in Rajasthan, and Panipat in Haryana needs to be built. The court was told by senior attorney AM Singhvi that the RRTS project will be paid in reasonable increments over time.

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