Chennai: Amid the growing demand for extending the metro rail network to north Chennai, the state government on Tuesday sought clearance from the Centre to extend the line from Washermenpet to Thiruvottiyur.
“I am happy to note that substantial progress has been achieved in the implementation of Chennai Metro Rail project and a part of the elevated section from Koyambedu to Alandur is to be commissioned soon,” governor K Rosaiah said in his address to the assembly.
Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) had completed trials and requested the state government for a date for inaugurating the 11km Alandur-Koyambedu stretch.
The state has taken up preparation of detailed project reports for phase II corridors and the governor expressed the hope that the Centre would support the state in completing work on the additional corridors expeditiously.
CMRL has completed survey of the line between Washermenpet and Thiruvottiyur and is ready to float tenders after the Centre gives its sanction and finalises the funding pattern.
With the ongoing work expected to be completed in a year, CMRL is going ahead with its plan to expand the network. It has called for a tender to identify a consultant to prepare detailed project report for three new lines — Madhavaram to Light House (17 Km), Koyambedu to Injambakkam (27 Km) and Madhavaram to Perumbakkam (32 km).
“The city should have had around 200km of metro rail by now based on the population. We are taking up new lines. The aim is to ensure there is a metro rail station within walking distance anywhere in the city. Share of public transport should increase so that roads will get decongested and quality of life will be better,” said a senior CMRL official.