Chennai Metro underground stretch to begin by year-end

With an aim to expedite progress on the metro rail project in Chennai, the government announced that services on the two elevated stretches, would commence shortly while the underground stretch would be operational by the end of the year

The Tamil Nadu government, on July 21, 2016, announced that the passenger services in the first underground stretch of Chennai Metro, will commence by the end of this year.

The state’s finance minister, O Panneerselvam, in his budget speech, said services in the elevated stretches from Little Mount to the airport, and between Alandur and St Thomas Mount, would commence shortly.

“The passenger services in the first underground stretch will also commence by the end of this year,” he said, adding that substantial progress has been achieved in the implementation of Phase-1 of the project.

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The metro rail service in Chennai was inaugurated last year, between Koyambedu and Alandur – a 10.15-km elevated stretch.

“The government will expedite the proposal for Phase-2 of the metro rail, covering two more corridors for a stretch of 104.50 km.

“I hope that these efforts will strengthen the metro rail network in Chennai, thereby, providing a world-class public transport system,” he added.

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