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Karnataka CM takes a ride on Delhi Metro

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today went on a ride in the Delhi Metro on both its underground and over-ground sections ahead of his government's decision on the system to be adopted for the proposed Mass Rapid Transport project in Bangalore.

Mr Kumaraswamy, accompanied by wife Anita, Bangalore Metro chief K N Srivastava and senior officials of the Karnataka government, took the train from the Central Secretariat underground station, changed at Rajiv Chowk and went till Karol Bagh before returning.

Talking to newspersons after his half-an-hour ride, the Chief Minister said he felt that the system was a refined version of the London Metro and complimented Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan for executing a ''marvellous job''.

There will be no delay in the state government taking its decision, he said adding that apart from the Metro he would want other modern systems to help the overcome the commuting problems in the IT capital of India.

The Chief Minister began his day with a visit to the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Mr Kumaraswamy who entered his comments both in Kannada and English in the visitors' book asserted that he was greately influenced by Gandhian ideology and the concept of Grama Swarajya and his government would put all its efforts to realise the dreams of Father of the Nation.

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