Delhi Metro in its DPR for Phase 1, 2 and 3 called for wrong and misleading estimates: CAG report

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Delhi Metro in its DPR for Phase 1, 2 and 3 called for wrong and misleading estimates: CAG report

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New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has mentioned in its report that the total ridership of the Delhi Metro Rail network (Phase-I, Phase-II and Phase-III) in 2019-20 stood at 53.47 lakh. However, the actual ridership was 27.79 lakh (2019-20). This is about 60% of the estimated ridership. The report was tabled in Parliament on December 2, 2021.

The CAG also pointed out discrepancies in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s 9DMRC tree-cutting estimate and in its report termed its claims of compensatory plantation of over 1.9 lakh trees as ‘misleading’.

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The CAG said that the DMRC should ensure at the project planning stage itself that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) is prepared with realistic assumptions. “Specifically in the case of Phase-III, against the estimated ridership of 20.89 lakh in 2019-20 from the four corridors initially sanctioned, the actual ridership was only 4.38 lakh, which is 79.02 per cent less than the estimated ridership as per the detailed project report. Is. ,

Similarly, in case of NCR/other extensions, the actual ridership on these corridors was 15.12% to 87.63% less than the estimated ridership,” the CAG said in a performance audit report on the implementation of the Phase-III project of Delhi Metro by DMRC. said in. ,

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“As per the DPRs of Phase-III and NCR Extension, the total ridership of the entire Delhi Metro network (Phase-I, Phase-II and Phase-III) after the completion of the project in 2016 was estimated at 43.79 lakh (53.47 lakh) ) 2019-20). Whereas, except for a small part of Dwarka-Dhansa bus stand (1.2 km), after completion of entire Phase-III and NCR extension, DMRC’s actual ridership was only 27.79 lakh (2019-20) i.e. 51.97 per cent. Estimated ridership,” the report said.

The number of passengers on the Dwarka-Najafgarh (Line-9) section after opening in October 2019 was 11,972 (November 2019), while the number of passengers at Dwarka Mor and Dwarka stations decreased by 11,074 from September to November 2019, indicating that Only 898 new passengers (0.92%) were added as per the DPR with an estimated ridership of 97,070 after an estimated expenditure of Rs 1,065 crore and recurring critical operation and maintenance expenditure.

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Similarly, after the opening of the Mundka-Bahadurgarh section in June 2018 and the actual ridership of 17,304, there was a reduction of 5,762 in the existing Mundka station during May and July 2018. Thus, only 11,542 new passengers (i.e. 10.93 %) of the estimated ridership of 1,05,6,00 were added after an estimated expenditure of Rs 1,991 crore.

The report said the DMRC did not comply with various norms such as obtaining environment clearance and monitoring compensatory afforestation. Further, a water audit as required under the National Water Policy, 2012 and DMRC Water Policy was not conducted and no records were maintained by DMRC or contractors for water drawn, consumed or lost during expansion.

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The CAG pointed out that there was no proper record on plantation by the Forest Department and no site visits or inspections were done by DMRC officials from April 2011 to December 2018.

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