Airport Metro line: UD sends status note to EGoM

Last Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 21:22

New Delhi: The Urban Development (UD) Ministry has sent a status note on the Airport line metro to an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) underlining several issues related to the service, including debt.

The airport metro line is being operated by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) after Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) pulled out of the venture.

However, the issue pertaining to an estimated debt burden of around Rs 2,000 crore remains unresolved.

DMRC has already written to the UD Ministry stating it would need financial assistance from the government, although the government itself feels that Delhi Metro should raise the funds on its own.

Sources said that the ministry has sent the note to the EGoM on Mass Rapid Transit System, headed by Defence Minister AK Antony, for its consideration and guidance.

The ministry is learnt to have apprised the EGoM about all the issues related to the Airport line, including the two- member inquiry report which looked into the defects in the service, leading to a temporary suspension of operations.

The ministry is also learnt to have raised with the EGoM issues related to the security of the line, sources said.

While DAMEPL had been reluctant to use CISF for security, sources said that with DMRC taking over, there could be no hurdle in deploying the force.

DMRC had taken over the operations of the Airport line after concessionaire DAMEPL had said they would not be able to run the services beyond June 30, 2013.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 21:22

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