The Chennai metro rail project in the city has received a momentum.Finance minister of Tamil Nadu D Jayakumar announced on Thursday that a detailed project report (DPR) for phase 2 of chennai metro project, which covers more than 107 km, will soon be submitted to the Centre for it’s approval at earliest.
The second phase includes three corridors and comprises 104 stations. This is estimated to cost approx Rs 44,000 crore. “I am happy to inform that three metro rail corridors under Phase-2 covering a total distance of 107.5km have been included in the JICA [Japan International Cooperation Agency] rolling plan for which a detailed project report has been prepared…,” the finance minister said in his budget speech.
It needs to be noted that Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) had submitted the DPR for phase 2 to the state government in December 2016. Feasibility study for Phase-2 was carried out by a private agency which was started in early of 2016 and governments officials had visited various sites to finalise the location of stations. A team of JICA officials also visited the state at the end of 2016 to discuss the various projects when the state government urged them to give early approval for the project.
Phase 2 will have three lines – from Siruseri to Madhavaram via Old Mahabalipuram Road, Koyambedu to Light House and Perumbakkam to Madhavaram.
On the phase-1extension, the finance minister said that the 9 km line connecting Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar via Thiruvottiyur was being implemented at investment of Rs 3,770 crore. Tunneling work is on near Washermenpet after the project was launched in August 2016. The Centre had given its nod in June 2016. Tenders have also been floated to start work for the elevated corridor extending to Wimco Nagar.
Tunnelling for phase 1 will be complete in the next few months, as Cmrl expects to open all lines by mid-2018. Chennai got its first metro rail service with the inauguration of 11km line between Koyambedu and Alandur in June 2014, followed by a 9km line between Little Mount and Chennai Airport in September 2016.