Metro chief steps down for unknown reasons

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By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: The Dubai Metro chief Abdul Majid Al Khaja has reportedly resigned from his office for unknown reasons, Gulf News has learnt from reliable sources.

    *  Abdul Majid Al Khaja, who was Chief Executive Officer of the RTA’s Rail Agency which is responsible for building the Metro.     * Image Credit: Supplied
* Abdul Majid Al Khaja, who was Chief Executive Officer of the RTA’s Rail Agency which is responsible for building the Metro. * Image Credit: Supplied

“Yes, Al Khaja has tendered his resignation,” confirmed a highly-placed source in the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

However, his resignation has not yet been accepted by the top authority as he is being persuaded to reconsider his decision, he added.

Al Khaja, who was Chief Executive Officer of the RTA’s Rail Agency which is responsible for building the Metro, could not be contacted as he is on leave.

In his absence, Director of Construction at the Rail Agency Adnan Al Hamdi has been appointed as the Acting CEO of the agency.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters at a press conference yesterday, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said that RTA would sign an agreement with the Mitsubishi-led Dubai Urban Rapid Link (DURL) consortium building the Metro to finalise the excess payment plan.

The construction of the Metro project was primarily delayed due to dispute over non-payment of dues by the RTA to the Japanese consortium.

The contractor had earlier suspended construction of the Metro’s Green Line a couple of months ago but has resumed work.