The Delhi Metro Project: Effective Project Management in the Indian Public Sector

            
 
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Case Code : PROM005
Case Length : 21 Pages
Period : 1998-2006
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : DMRC
Industry : Construction
Countries : India

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The Delhi Metro Project

In order to implement the Delhi Metro project, the GoI and the GNCTD set up a 50:50 joint venture company called the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC). The company was incorporated under the Companies Act in May 1995. The DMRC was to complete Phase I of the project within 10 years, i.e., by the end of 2005...

Funding the Project

Globally, most urban MRTS projects were financially unviable because the fares could not be fixed solely on a commercial basis. If the fares were fixed too high, the passenger numbers would remain low, thereby defeating the very purpose of setting up the system. Therefore, the concerned governments generally bore the capital costs of an MRTS system. In the case of the Delhi Metro project too, the GoI and the GNCTD bore the capital costs. The total cost of the first phase of the project was initially estimated at Rs. 60 billion, at April 1996 prices. Later in 2002, with the cost of the project rising by approximately 10% per year, the estimate was revised to Rs. 89.27 billion...

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The Project Team

With the funding for the project being finalized, the next step was to constitute a project team. Sreedharan was appointed as project manager and managing director of the DMRC in November 1997. A technocrat, he had had a long stint in the Indian Railways (IR) and had retired in 1990. During his service with IR, he had earned a reputation for completing major projects on time and within the budget...

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Planning the Project

In India, major infrastructure projects are often stalled because of a lack of funds, political interference, lack of professionalism and accountability, property disputes, corruption, etc. Therefore, even before the commencement of the project, the DMRC attempted to put in place effective systems to ensure the smooth progress of the project.

Funding was not an issue in the case of the Delhi Metro project because it was settled even before the project commenced.

In order to steer clear of political interference, the DMRC sought autonomy on all major matters and the GoI promised to give it this autonomy. "Financial powers were vested in the managing director. Also, the managing director was the last authority on tenders," said Anuj Dayal (Dayal), chief public relations officer, DMRC...

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