The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday demanded a White Paper on the problems the Delhi Metro is facing.

Stating that an increasing number of snags are being reported and cracks have developed in civil structures, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said he was “deeply concerned” with the “mishandling” of the Delhi Metro’s operations.

Terming the Delhi Metro “a major initiative” taken by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government since it was set up in 1995 at the initiative of the then BJP government in Delhi, Mr. Goel said the transport system will lose its purpose if remedial steps are not taken immediately.

Addressing a press conference, he said: “The Delhi Government has a 50 per cent stake in the DMRC. But, there seems to be no action on part of the Delhi Government to take corrective measures. The BJP demands to know what action has been taken to stop frequent halts of metro trains. Who is being held accountable for the cracks in pillars and frequent technical faults?”

Referring to reports of major faults and cracks on the high-speed Airport Metro line and the sagging of the Noida City Centre metro station’s platform, Mr. Goel said these cracks were not taken seriously till the media reported the issue.

“Several cracks have appeared on some pillars of the Delhi Metro’s busiest line that carries thousands of commuters a day between Dwarka and Noida, with experts calling for immediate repairs to avert a disaster,” the Delhi BJP chief added.

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