NDMC, Metro fight over road repair
Three years after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) handed over the Barakhamba Road to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the latter has raised questions about the quality of the work.delhi Updated: Aug 27, 2010 23:28 IST
Three years after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) handed over the Barakhamba Road to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the latter has raised questions about the quality of the work. It has also demanded Rs 5 crore from the Metro for concretising it.
The Delhi Metro handed over the road to the NDMC in 2005-06. By 2008-09, the civic agency claimed, the road had started showing signs of deterioration. The NDMC took it to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC). The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) was engaged to prepare a report on the condition of the road.
Following the research agency's report, the UTTIPEC, headed by the Lt Governor, directed the DMRC to cough up the amount required for refurbishing the road.
NDMC spokesperson Anand Tiwari said, “The quality of the road was not at all satisfactory. We therefore want it to be concretised and the Metro to pay for it.”
However, DMRC spokesperson said, “There is no question of paying for it. The agreement was to hand over the road as we had received it. We handed over the road in good condition.”
DMRC Director (Works) Mangu Singh said, “The problem was due to undulation and over these years, it was automatically being taken care of. Still, we had offered to pay for the final repairs earlier but they want to go in for concretising.”
The DMRC then wrote to the NDMC some time ago stating its objection. “We have not heard from them since then,” he added.