Sreedharan unhappy with Airport Express Metro

Delhi Metro is not happy with the Airport Metro Express corridor and wants its operator Reliance Infrastructure to improve train speed, frequency.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 14:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Metro is not happy with the Airport Metro Express corridor and wants its operator Reliance Infrastructure to improve train speed, frequency and various other aspects within four months, failing which the operations will be taken over.

The unpleasant experience has led the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to decide against involving private parties in the ambitious modern mode of transport, according to its chief E Sreedharan.

"Our PPP experience was not very pleasant with Airport model. First of all, the works were not completed on time. The line was supposed to be ready for Commonwealth Games but it got delayed by five months. Even after opening, they have not been able to increase the speed to (the promised speed of) 120 kmph," he told a news agency in an interview.

"I am not very happy with the performance. It should have been an aristocratic type of service which it is not today," he said.

He pointed out several deficiencies like the train speed still being maintained at 105 kmph, the proposed frequency of 10 minutes not being implemented and check-in time for fliers who use the corridor which have to be corrected.

Sreedharan, who will demit office on December 31 after an eventful 16-year-tenure as Delhi Metro`s managing director, said the Reliance Infra had been issued a number of notices, including the one a few days back, demanding improvement.

Asked about the next step if Reliance Infra did not take steps to improve, Sreedharan said, "If they don`t improve then we will have to think of even terminating the arrangements. We can take over and there is a provision for
taking over (in the agreement)."

On how long will the Delhi Metro wait, he said: "Three to four months. Otherwise, we have to give them final notice (for taking over). At least they should show their intention to improve."

"Yes. Then we will have to take over," he said when asked what would happen if things do not improve in three-four months.

PTI