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Delhi Metro, the agency responsible for monitoring Dehli transit system, is very reluctant to pursue a public private partnership to extend an existing metro line into Gurgaon. The agency has asked the local government’s urban development authority to avoid this delivery mechanism. The primary reason for this is that a previous P3, the Airport Metro Express project, was pretty much a failure. The private partner for the Airport Metro Express first expressed safety concerns and then once they were rectified refused to continue operating the line and as a result the entire line shut down in July 2012. In the end Delhi Metro took over operations of the line in June 2013. This exemplifies the risk associated with the private sector in that once they see no chance for profit they pull out, leaving the public agency scrambling to maintain service. Instead Dehli Metro is advising that the Haryana government keep the project in house and fund it with its own monies.