Chennai: Phase-2 work of Chennai Metro gains momentum with land acquisition process initiated. As per Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) officials, the metro body will be scouting 86 acres of land. The second phase is around 55 km stretch which includes Corridor 3 and 5 respectively.
CMRL has already started acquisition for the phase -2 which will have 48 stations. The estimated cost of is around 85,000 crore wherein in out 107.55km, work will begin for 55 km. As part of the process notices have been sent to the residents and property owners whose property falls under the identified stretch. The project is currently waiting for centre’s nod.
To ensure the acquisition does not face any hurdle or controversy unlike what is happening in Maha metro, CMRL will acquire land under Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act 1997. The acquisition will not take place as per The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (also Land Acquisition Act, 2013).
All residents will be paid compensation as per the The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.
Majority of the land for the project will be that of the government. CMRL on their part have already sent out notices to 410 owners for the construction of 19 stations. For additional 29 stations 400 notices will be sent out. Notices issued to properties that are on the Perumbur, Sterling Road, Madhavaram, near Gemini flyover in Nungambakkam, Sembium, Purusaiwalkam and Chepet stretch earmarked for corridor 3 and 5.
CMRL has also prepared a revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) and submitted to the authorities. In its report is has sought 80,000 crore for implementing the second phase of Chennai Metro which will have three corridors.
These include Madhavaram-Sholinganallur, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT)-Lighthouse and Madhavaram-Siruseri. The project from Lighthouse near Marina Beach to Poonamallee that is in the outskirts is an station that will cost another 3,850 crore.
In another development CMRL has initiated the process of preparing Comprehensive Urban Mobility Plan subsequent to funds worth `2.12 crore sanctioned for the project in the starting of this month. The state has not yet come up with updated Comprehensive Urban Mobility under the National Transit Oriented Development Policy.