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Delhi Metro is the largest metro system in India and is also considered one of the most “successful” public transport projects. After nearly three decades of construction and operation in Delhi, the demand for creating metro systems in all million plus cities has grown despite being a capital intensive project. Few scholarly articles published in the last decade which have questioned the relevance of metro system in Indian cities have often been dismissed by the policymakers and popular media.
Does metro help in decongesting traffic? How was Bangalore Metro financed? Leo Saldanha of Environment Support Group, Bangalore, shares the history of Bangalore Metro and explains how it was ‘innovatively financed’.