Hundreds of trees in Bengaluru are being felled for Metro rail, but compensatory saplings are often planted outside the city, or maybe never. Officials do not keep track of the saplings or ensure their survival either
An elevated corridor will only decrease the sustainability of the transport system and overall livability of the city. But a mass rapid public transport scenario like a metro on the same corridor will help the city achieve the right modal share balance.
Hydrocarbons are on their way out and solar or electrical vehicles will become the order of the day, says former Transport Commissioner and director at the KSRTC. But for that, Bangalore needs an urgent change in mindset and policy.