: Vadodara is fit for urban transport modes like the monorail and the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), India's Metro man E Sreedharan said here on Monday.
Former managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Sreedharan was in the city as chief guest at M S University's 61st annual convocation.
Interestingly, the man who had steered the project of starting Konkan Railways had taken out time to make a quiet visit to the old and new areas of the city before attending convocation on Monday afternoon.
"For certain areas of Vadodara where roads are broad, BRTS should be used as an urban transport mode, but those areas which have narrow and congested roads, especially the old Baroda city, should go for monorail," the 80-year-old Padma Vibhushan awardee said.
He said he is willing to provide assistance to Vadodara civic body if approached.
As chairman of the committee on urban transport set up by the Planning Commission for the 12th Five Year Plan, Sreedharan had recommended that in every Indian city with a population of more than 2 million, planning to set up metro service should start in two years.
Sreedharan had submitted the report to the Planning Commission in October 2011 stating to start such metro services in so many cities, Rs 1 lakh crore will have to be spend annually for the next 20 years time period.
"Kozhikode, which is smaller in size compared to Vadodara but has congested roads, has started implementing the monorail project. Similarly, monorail projects are being implemented in Thiruvananthapuram and eastern Delhi as roads are congested even there," said Sreedharan adding that while the cost of setting up monorail is Rs 120 crore per km, the cost of setting up metro rail is Rs 200 crore per km
254 get gold medals
In all, 143 students were conferred 254 gold medals at the convocation. Addressing the students, Sreedharan suggested that every university in the country should make it mandatory to teach Bhagwad Gita at the under-graduate level. Two students - Dhrumil Patel from faculty of medicine and Nishil Patel from faculty of technology and engineering - received as many as eight gold medals.
Source - Times of India