Bangalore famous for IT, traffic jams: Reddy

Bangalore: Union Minister Jaipal Reddy on Tuesday said the city had done extremely well due to the growth of the IT sector but this also was the main reason behind the huge traffic jams that people face every day.

"... there are so many traffic jams in Bangalore because the IT sector has done well," the Union Urban Development Minister said in his address at the Business Standard Infrastructure meet 2010 here.

The minister said such traffic congestions were natural whenever development takes place in industries, modern technology or spurt in the number of educational institutions.

"Bangalore is not only famous for IT (information technology) but also for traffic jams," he quipped, adding, "So, therefore, Bangalore needs metro rail transport more urgently than other cities."

Reddy said the work on the first line of the Bangalore metro rail would be completed by the year end.

Meanwhile, Reddy said the Central government will consider including 28 new cities in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, a city modernisation scheme of the Centre.

These cities, including Hubli in Karnataka, have a population of five lakh-plus as per the 2001 census, he said.

Currently, 65 cities are covered under the JNNURM which was launched in 2005 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to improve the quality of life and infrastructure in the cities.

Reddy said the number of people living in urban areas is expected to go up to 800 million in India in the next 25 years from the present 300 million.