|Introduction of Metro Rail in Major Cities|
The Government of India does not plan or initiate action for construction of Metro Rail system in any city in the country. Urban Transport is completely intertwined with Urban Development which is a state subject. As such, the proposals for urban transport projects in cities have to originate from the respective State Governments and Central financial assistance is extended to such proposals on merits in the form of gross budgetary support or in the form of grant under the scheme of Ministry of Finance for financial support to the public private partnerships in Infrastructure. At present, Central Government has approved metro rail in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Jaipur city. In Chennai the sanctioned Phase –I consists of two metro rail corridors of a total length of 45 km at an estimated completion cost of Rs.14,600 crore.
24.15% of physical progress and 33.50% of financial progress has been achieved till July, 2012.
The following two corridors have been selected for implementation of Chennai Metro Rail project under Phase-I:
Corridor-1 (23.085 km) from Washermenpet to Chennai Airport. From Washermanpet to Saidapet(14.3 km) it is under ground and from Chinnamalai to Chennai Airport (8.785 km) it is elevated.
Corridor-2 (21.961 km) from Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount. From Chennai Central toThirumangalam (9.695 km) it is underground and from Koyambedu to St.Thomas Mount (12.266km) it is elevated.
The entire project is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2015.
The details of the total funds needed from Government of India, the funds allocated this year, sanctioned and spent are Rs. 11566 cr., Rs. 1648 cr., Rs. 1166 cr. and Rs. 400 cr. respectively.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Saugata Roy in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.