September 4, 2008

Chennai metro rail

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 Fort – 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 estimated cost of this project (in March 2007 prices) is Rs.9,757 crores. Of this, the Central and State Governments together are expected to contribute about 40%. The balance amount of the expenditure is expected to be met by a loan to be granted by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Tentatively, the project is programmed for completion in the financial year 2013-2014.

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