DESCRIBING THE Delhi Metro and the Konkan Railway as exemplary government projects that were completed “on time” and without “any cost over-runs”, E Sreedharan, popularly knows as “Metro Man”, on Thursday said construction of the country’s first Metro in Kolkata “was not a pleasant experience”.
Noting that the Konkan Railway was built within the scheduled seven-year-period, and the Phase-I and the Phase-II of the Delhi Metro were completed in seven and 4.5 years, respectively, he said: “The Kolkata Metro was not a very pleasant experience for the country as a whole, and for the city in particular because this project took 22 years for completion and the cost went up 14 times. “Worst still, when the Metro construction was going on, the city was subjected to a lot of disruptions and dislocations, and people had to face a lot of problems.”
Speaking at a function to mark the 57th year of the Institution of Engineers (India), Sreedharan said work on the Metro in Kolkata began in the 1970s. “After the bad experience of Kolkata Metro, it was decided that the Delhi Metro would be built in a different style,” said the former Delhi Metro chief.