All the fervent anticipation and enthusiasm about selecting a private developer for the elevated metro rail for the capital after financial bids evaluation turned out to be nothing.

For all the transparent process supposed to have been adopted, the clam up by metro officials and the government on revealing the lowest bidder’s name officially was a shocker. The excitement among the media and interested parties was because every painstaking effort that went into preparation of the project report, documentation and so on was being followed diligently for the last four years.

Citizens too are eager to know what the hullabaloo is all about because they just want a modern, safe and efficient public transport system comparable to the best in the world to start as soon as possible. For that the work has to start first and for that to happen, the government has to cut the red tape if the system is to be in motion within the next four-five years.

V.GEETANATH