Chennai To Soon Welcome Second Phase Of Metro Network (Factsheet)
Chennai, one of the top five metro cities in India, has been growing leaps and bounds in terms of both infrastructure and real estate. While Delhi has led the way, Chennai, after Mumbai and Bengaluru, has also got its own Metro rail network. The project that received an in-principal approval from the Centre in 2008 and gave to its residents the first phase of the Metro network , has reported to have taken a step ahead and completed the detailed project report or DPR on the second phase of this transit system. It is also to be believed that the DPR, prepared by RITES, has been submitted to the state government. This report, once approved by the state, will go to the Centre for a final go-ahead.
The project is a part of the seven lines that were planned by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation DMRC for the Chennai Metro network.
Here are some key facts about the proposed Phase-II of Chennai Metro Rail Project:
- Phase II of the project will have three corridors and will run 104 kilometres covering 104 stations.
- The corridors are — Madhavaram Milk Colony to SIPCOT (44.3 km); CMBT to Light House (15.7 km); and Madhavaram Milk Colony to Sholinganallur (44.6 km).
- The first corridor will run via Padi, Valasaravakkam and Medavakkam; second corridor will touch areas such as Kodambakkam and Luz; and the third corridor will pass through Perambur, Luz, Adyar and ECR.
- While the first phase was largely elevated, the second phase would largely be underground with only a few elevated sections.
- The tentative cost of this project is Rs 44,000 crore. But, it is likely to go up given the underground stretch. According to officials, while the elevated corridors cost Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore per kilometre, the underground stretch can cost up to Rs 500 crore per kilometre.
- There is a possibility that this phase will also see some route extensions in future.
The trains here like the first phase will run on standard gauge.
Chennai Phase I:
The Phase-I of the project has two lines -- Blue Line and Green Line. The first stretch (Blue Line) that was opened to the public in June 2015 was elevated and ran from Koyambedu to Alandur. The second stretch of this phase, from Little Mount to Chennai airport and to St. Thomas Mount station extending beyond Alandur (Green Line) was opened to the public a few months ago.
This phase, which was initially proposed, is likely to be completed in 2019. On the other hand, an additional extension of the Blue Line towards Wimco Nagar, which was proposed and approved in December 2015, will be operational by 2022.