Delhi Metro has been with frequent problems in the recent past, especially on the busy Blue Line. While DMRC has been busy with new projects and expansion plans, it was not able to solve the regular technical glitches on its lines. In an interview with The Indian Express, DMRC’s Managing Director Mangu Singh revealed the issues that the Delhi Metro has been facing and discussed the future plans. Singh, most notably said, due to social sector schemes like MNREGA the migrant labourers from UP and Bihar have not been coming to work in Delhi, and DMRC has been facing a labour crunch. He denied the fact that DMRC had missed a lot of deadlines, saying that they were kept tighter so that the contractors do not take the projects lightly. He added that the Phase III work’s volume is almost as big as Phase I and II put together.
Singh told IE that DMRC has been facing issues of limited resources because skilled labour is difficult to get in accordance with the sheer volume of work as most of them hesitate to work in projects which end after a while. Availability of labour has been one of the prime reasons for the delays, and DMRC still faces the issue. Another reason for delays, according to Singh is the 15-day stall in November due to rise in pollution levels in the national capital region. It was during that time many migrant labours left for their cities due to uncertainty. Due to this, the work on ITO Kashmere Gate corridor was delayed. Interestingly, Singh added that DMRC has not acquired any land after the Land Acquisition Act.
Talking about the frequent technical problems on the Blue Line metro, Singh told IE that it is very different from other corridors, because of its length and ridership. It is the same with the Yellow line, but the Blue line is mostly overhead which exposes the overhead wires to problems like temperature fluctuations and pollution. The wiring in the Blue line is highly vulnerable to damage, but Singh added that the glitches are being analysed and being addressed in detail.