Professional competence marked the development of the Delhi Metro project, which was a technical marvel and also a sustainable model, said Sreedharan, considered as the architect of the ambitious Delhi Metro project.
"It needs to be ensured that the project causes minimum problems to people with minimum dislocation and disruption in traffic flow in the city," he pointed out.
Referring to the proposed Pune Metro project, he said "valuable time" of about five years had been lost in the execution of it which could result in cost escalation.
Deepak Tilak, chairman of the Lokmanya Tilak Trust presented the award - which carried a Rs. 1 lakh cash amount and a citation - to the Padmashree laureate, who is also credited with pulling off the Konkan Railway projects.