'Metro delay costs Rs 5 m a day'

Speaking at a symposium on ‘Tunnelling, TBM Technology and Underground Station’ on Saturday, Sreedharan said the cost of inputs and manpower escalates with each passing day, whereas the revenue generation will be nil.

The Metro is still working to start the commercial run from Byappanahalli to MG Road.
Sreedharan, hailed as the Metro Man, said that the detailed project report on Phase II is ready and would be submitted to the State government.

Referring to the tunnelling work for the underground stretch of the Metro, Sreedharan said the hard granite rock would make the work very difficult.

He was, however, optimistic about the tunnel boring machine which began operation on Friday.

Speaking on ‘Challenges of Tunnelling in Bangalore,’ Russel Brown, project manager of CEC-CICI said the Chikpet area has clay soil and the BMRCL has been assessing the impact of tunnelling there.

A similar survey has been conducted for the stretch between Majestic and Central College, he said. CEC International Corporation and Soma Enterprises had jointly organised the symposium.

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