Delhi Metro says it did not inspect airport line

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has washed its hands off the deficiencies in implementation of Airport Metro Express line saying it was busy getting clearances for land and liasioning for the project for early completion. It told the urban development ministry that DMRC didn’t have enough staff to carry out inspection of the structure and other works, sources said.

DMRC gave its response to the UD ministry on Tuesday, a day before the DMRC board took up the issue of fixing responsibility on Metro officials who have been named by an inquiry committee. Those named in the investigation report include DMRC managing director Mangu Singh. Sources said after deliberations, the board decided to set up a sub-committee to look into the issue.

Government sources said DMRC has largely passed the blame of lack of supervision on its airport line consultant (ALC). The Metro said its officials never inspected the sites and went by what the ALC put before them. “DMRC has said that it accepted the details submitted by the consultant. They have also said that the concessionaire of the project DAMEPL should have identified the deficiencies in the bearings and structure so that preventive measures could have been taken to avoid closure of the line,” said a government official.

He added that the investigating committee set up by the UD ministry had found that not a single of the 2,550 faulty bearings were fixed as per the approved drawings. “Had the DMRC checked one bearing, the problem could have been fixed early,” the official added.

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