He reportedly dismissed Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation's explanation that tough terrain had delayed the expansion.

Expand metro network to tackle Bengaluru traffic congestion says metro man E Sreedharan Wikipedia-Commons
news Namma Metro Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:15

E Sreedharan, the principal adviser to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., who is popularly known as the ‘metro man’ said on Saturday, that the only way to tackle Bengaluru traffic is to aggressively expand the metro network.

He was speaking at the launch of Karnataka chapter of his NGO, Foundation for Restoration of National Values. 

Questioning the delay in the expansion of Namma metro, Sreedharan was quoted as saying, “The Metro was conceptualized over a decade ago ­ when Bengaluru's population was barely 60 lakh. The city now houses over 1.1 crore inhabitants. There should have been a larger network by now. The only way to tackle the traffic is to aggressively expand the Metro network."

He reportedly dismissed Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation's explanation that tough terrain had delayed the expansion. He said that geology cannot be cited to justify cost escalation. 

He said that a high-speed rail link will be the ideal method to connect the city and Kempagowda International Airport. 

Sreedharan added that BRTS will not be a practical solution to Bengaluru, considering its narrow roads. 

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