New Delhi: Delhi Metro aim was to provide facility to commuters with affordable prices. From last few months Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is continuously increasing fare by which its main motive of public services remain just for the name. Fare hikes need to be done for the maintenance of metro, statement given by Union Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Sing Puri, but the reason behind it is completely different. Delhi Metro has always remain silent when it comes to fare hike, employees salary issue, Rs 4000 crore scam on Airport Line project, Khyber Pass depot land scam, property business scam, poor infrastructure in Mundka staff quarters etc.
Recentally Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded a CBI inquiry, in the airport metro rail line reason behind its termination of the concession agreement of Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL). There is no report for Rs 4000 crore which was allotted for this line. Actually there was a loopholes in the base of this airport line. The detail project report that was prepared in this line was not only away from practicality, but also the decisions taken for this line also remained in the center of disputes rather than its characteristics. Arvind Kejriwal submitted letter to Union Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, a copy of this has been circulated to Home minister Rajnath Singh. Delhi chief minister said that when he received reports about impending liability of around Rs 5,000 crore faced by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
READ N SHAREDelhi CM @ArvindKejriwal letter to Union Home Minister @rajnathsingh demanding a CBI Probe into the alleged irregularities in the DMRC Airport Express contract with M/s Reliance which eventually led to Rs 5000 cr liability to Delhi Metro pic.twitter.com/EUBnutwdDg— AAP Ka Mehta (@DaaruBaazMehta) July 13, 2018
Delhi Metro Airport express line is the first Metro line in Delhi, which was constructed under Public Private Partnership (PPP), but this experiment was completely unsuccessful. The reason for this was that the Delhi Metro and it was not compatible with the private company chosen for the operation. Sources of housing and urban work ministry say that the foundation of this line, that DPR was created for this line was also far from reality and it was also questioned by the ministry, but the public investment board who raised the but later it was withdrawn by the ministry itself.
July 8 2012, operations on the Delhi Airport Express which will connects the New Delhi Railway Station to Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, was came to halt. Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL), the company which is equally responsible to operate the line through with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), closed the line citing defects in the civil structure on the elevated section of the line. DAMEPL is a company promoted by Reliance Infrastructure, which is owned by Anil Ambani. Also wants to quit Delhi Airport Express project.
If this will be the condition of Delhi Metro, which has largest extending network among all the metro.Then Metro transportation will remain only for elite class of people not for the common people. There must be proper inspection for all this happening. No auditing by Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) till 2021 has upgraded the corrupt practices in Delhi Metro.