The force responsible for security at Metro stations on the Delhi Airport Express line plans to sell equipment in order to recover costs that the former operator did not pay.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had reportedly sent several reminders to Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL), a Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RIL) subsidiary, that managed the line.
The move came after the urban development ministry asked the CISF to make a list of items it had taken from RIL for security arrangements on the line.
The force had been asked to prepare the list after evaluation of each of the items, including baggage scanners and metal detectors. The items, sources said, could go on sale to enable the CISF to recover `16 crore the DAMEPL did not pay.
The sum includes the salary paid by the CISF to over 300 of its personnel.
“The CISF works on a cost-reimbursement basis, and the company it is securing pays them and takes care of their needs. As per our estimate, they have to pay us `16 crore. To clear the salary, we had paid our staff from our accounts... We have requested Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as well as the ministry,” said a senior CISF officer.
The amount includes the bill for the six months when the line had been shut for repairs in civil infrastructure.
“We were given number of equipment when inducted to secure the line. We will now see if we can recover the cost,” official added. Spokespersons for Delhi Metro and RIL refused to comment.