Operator wanted to shut ops, didn’t inspect line: DMRC
In a letter sent to the Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited (DAMEPL) in the first week of this month, the Metro claimed this failure violated the concessionaire agreement. It alleged that the company deliberately forced suspension of operations.
A DAMEPL spokesperson rejected the charge, saying independent inspections have proved that defects in the bearing and structure were caused by deviation from design during construction, which the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managed.
In a letter to the DAMEPL’s Director, DMRC Director (Works) Jitendra Tyagi said no inspection was carried out on the 22.7-km long corridor till mid-May 2012 which violated Sub Article 20.1 of the concessionaire agreement.
“Failing to do so, the consortium flouted the concessionaire agreement by overlooking the inspection clause — provisions incorporated in the Civil Structures Maintenance Manual,” the letter stated.
The letter was in reply to an earlier communication by the DAMEPL pointing out defects in the corridor’s civil work that was managed by the DMRC.
Besides pointing out the inspection failures, the DMRC letter alleged that the operator was driven by motivations when, between May 17 and June 2, it pushed for suspension of operations citing problems in bearings as a safety hazard.
“The sole intent (of the concessionaire) — preparing to close the operations, to give wrongfully
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