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The blame game begins
The Delhi Airport Metro Line, connecting the T3 air terminal, covering a 18 km stretch in 18 minutes, has remained shut for more than five months.
THE DELHI METRO Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Reliance Infra, the concessionaire for maintaining and running the airport line, have been engaged in a blame game. The show down between DMRC and Reliance Infra has got worse with officials blaming each other on the issue of faulty bearings and seepage in the tunnel. 

The blame game...

Says Akileshwar Sahay, Strategic Advisor for DMRC: “the responsibility for construction of the civil portion was that of DMRC; but the civil portion was handed over to Reliance Infra as per the concessionaire agreement. Once it was progressively handed over, how to maintain that was the responsibility of Reliance Infrastructure.” (On record in a CNN-IBN interview). This statement suggests that Reliance Infrastructure failed to detect the defects and even after detecting, it reported it late to Delhi Metro, raising doubts about the reasons for the delayed reporting. 

Officials of Reliance Infra, while denying such insinuations, blamed the so-called shoddy civil work of DMRC for shutdown of the airport line which was to be a show piece. Chief Mangu Singh was targeted by them when they claimed that as per the concessionaire every aspect of civil work was DMRC’s responsibility and Singh himself was the Director (works) at the time of the project. A government source indicated that the airport services would remain suspended indefinitely as there were too many legal and financial issues that had to be resolved. 

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