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OC reluctant to pay for free Metro rides during Games

delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2011 23:32 IST
Avishek G Dastidar
Avishek G Dastidar
Hindustan Times
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The Commonwealth Games organisers are reluctant to pay for the free Metro rides the volunteers and spectators enjoyed during the sporting event in October last year.

The free rides have coughed up a bill of Rs 2.56 crore and the Organising Committee (OC) has not cleared the amount, which the Delhi Metro Rail Corpo-ration (DMRC) has worked out based on the “free metro ride” counterfoils from tickets collected at stations.

Sources said communication from the OC was not clear on the matter and hence Delhi Metro has approached the union urban development ministry, its parent body, to sort out the issue.

“The issue with the payment to the Metro has always been whether to consider them as a commercial vendor, since the secretary, urban development ministry is part of the executive board of the OC and the urban development minister is in the group of ministers overseeing the Games,” said a senior OC official on condition of anonymity.

While the urban development ministry has forwarded communications from the DMRC to the OC hoping to get the payment cleared, sources said there has been little indication that the payment will be released. The Games organisers have been releasing payments in parts to foreign vendors for services rendered, but Indian vendors have been by and large left in the lurch.

On Tuesday, the OC released a statement saying it has paid 36 foreign vendors part payment of Rs 114.84 crore by Monday. It has withheld part payment to nine foreign vendors due to non-performance of contract.

“These nine vendors have been already paid Rs 191.11crore and balance Rs 17.80 crore has been withheld,” said a statement from Jarnail Singh, chief executive office of the OC.

During the Games, Delhi Metro was the most-used mode of transport by spectators and volunteers because most venues were either on pre-existing or newly opened Metro lines. Each ticket to events came attached with two perforated strips each for a free Metro ride from point A to B.