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Friday, January 23, 2009

Chennai Metro Rail Project

A Detailed Project Report (DPR) relating to the Chennai Metro Rail Project was prepared and submitted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) who have successfully designed and implemented the Delhi Metro Rail Project. The DPR envisages the creation of 2 initial corridors under the proposed Chennai Metro Rail Project as shown below:

Corridor1: Washermenpet to Airport - 23.085 kms
Corridor2: Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount - 21.961 kms
Total Corridors Length: 45.046 kms

The details of the two corridors are given below:

Corridor-1: Washermenpet - Broadway (Prakasam Road), Chennai Central Station - Rippon Building along Cooum River - Tarapore Towers - Spencers - Gemini - Anna Salai - Saidapet - Guindy - Chennai Airport.

Corridor-2: Chennai Central - along EVR Periyar Salai - Vepery, Kilpauk Medical College, Aminjikarai, Shenoy Nagar - Annanagar East - Anna Nagar Tirumangalam - Koyambedu - CMBT - along Inner Ring Road - Vadapalani - Ashok Nagar - SIDCO - Alandur - St. Thomas Mount.

Part of this project will be underground and the remaining on elevated portions. The alignment and stations given above are tentative and subject to change during detailed design and execution.

The Government of Tamil Nadu have approved in principle the two initial corridors mentioned above. The Government of India are also keen on implementing this Project. The proposal sent by the Government of Tamil Nadu for Central Government funding is awaiting approval.

The estimated cost of this project (in March 2007 prices) is Rs.11, 124 crores. Of this, the Central and State Governments together are expected to contribute about 40%. The balance will be met by a loan granted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICA has since agreed to finance the project and the loan agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Japan was signed on 21-11-2008 at Tokyo.

Tentatively, the project is programmed for completion in the financial year 2014-2015.


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