Has the escalation of cost for Namma Metro Phase 1 gone beyond what was approved? Yes, according to the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. In his letter, he said: “The Phase 1 of the project was approved with a total outlay of Rs. 8,158 crore to be completed by 2011. In 2011, it was revised to Rs. 11,609 crore (escalation of Rs. 3,451 crore) with completion date of 2013.” While the Union government approved cost escalation at 5 per cent, the completion cost should have been only Rs. 8,994 crore. But the revised cost is Rs. 11,609 crore, which is approximately 19.25 per cent, he has pointed out.

Now, he said, it is expected to be completed by March 2015 and the escalation cost is at the rate of Rs. 50 lakh a day. He stated there was a serious deficiency in planning, designing and implementation skills in BMRCL, which requires through investigation.

On the 450 writ petitions and 10 PILs that BMRCL faced, he said it was due to unilateral decision to take metro above ground without forethought on its outcome and difficulties involved in its construction.