Jica (Japan) Rates Delhi Metro`s Phase-1 Project Implementation as Excellent

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has rated the DMRC’s implementation of its first phase of construction as excellent in a study conducted recently.

The study rated Delhi Metro’s project execution effort at ‘3’, which is the highest possible grade indicating that the performance of DMRC was excellent.

The JICA has employed the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID), a Japan based research and training organization, for the evaluation of Delhi Metro’s Phase I project.

FASID has submitted an interim report this month. For all future funding sanctions, the JICA takes into account; the performance of JICA assisted or funded projects based on such evaluations.

As per the report submitted by FASID, the Phase I project was found to be consistent with India’s development policies, development needs and the Japanese aid policy.

The study found that the Delhi Metro Phase I project was of great relevance as it provided infrastructure in the transportation sector and contributed in the growth of the nation, besides other socio-economic benefits. The outputs of the Phase I project and the efficiency in execution of the project were also appreciated by the JICA study.

The project was rated 3 on sustainability. The JICA study specified that the project had excellent training systems that trained staff efficiently and enabled it to incorporate experiences of the deployed staff into the training curricula from time to time.

The study further said that the system was always improving or equipping itself with better techniques, such as ATO (Automatic Train Operations) system and shortening headways by modifying operations.

JICA also appreciated the fact that the project was completed within the stipulated time frame. Phase 1 was sanctioned in September 1996 with a time line of completion in 10 years and the construction started on the 1st of October 1998. The project was completed 2 years and 7 months before the stipulated date.

The completion of the project within the budgetary limits received accolades from the Japanese funding agency. About 60% of the project cost was financed by the Government of Japan through a soft loan through the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), now called JICA.

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