TAMIL NADU

No going back on metro rail project, says Dharam Singh

"Government will stand by the decision of the Cabinet"

S.Rajendran

BANGALORE: : The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, will be talking to his party chief and former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, about the need for the metro rail project for Bangalore and remove his misgivings.

The Government has decided to go ahead with the metro rail project as scheduled although there could be changes in the alignment if the present alignment calls for demolition of large structures.

The Chief Minister, Dharam Singh, and Mr. Siddaramaiah told The Hindu on Monday that there is no question of stalling the project or even changing the schedule. The implementation of the project has been considerably delayed and the Government wants to hasten the implementation. The metro rail project is a prestigious one for the coalition Government, and the necessary approvals have been received with great difficulty. "The Government will stand by the decision of the Cabinet," they said.

Mr. Gowda has raised objections to the metro rail project and has suggested that the Government consider monorail since it is cost-effective and the loss of property will be minimal.

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