Jun 6, 2016

Metro Rail: Jayalalithaa thanks Modi for approving extension of work

Days after the Union Cabinet approved of a proposal to extend Corridor I of Phase I of the Chennai Metro Rail Project between Washermenpet and Tiruvottiyur, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the approval saying that the Chennai Metro Rail Limited would be able to commence work immediately.

“On behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu and the people of Chennai, I thank you for having accorded clearance for the implementation of the Chennai Metro Project Phase I Extension,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said in her letter, which was released to the media.

The Chief Minister also recalled her representations made twice to the Prime Minister over the proposal to extend the 9.51-km stretch between Washermenpet and Tiruvottiyur of Phase I, which would now be extended at a cost of Rs. 3,770 crore.

“I thank you for the approval accorded to this proposal which would enable the Metro Rail services to be provided to the densely populated neighbourhoods of northern Chennai,” she said.

Metropolitan Chennai was growing rapidly and traffic volume had increased greatly and her government intended to promote public transport of various forms, including the Metro Rail, to ensure that the share of public transportation in the State capital was substantially increased, she said.

“More than 95 per cent of the physical work and financial expenditure on the Chennai Metro Rail Project so far have been completed since May 2011.”

Ms. Jayalalithaa also thanked Mr. Modi for making a special allocation of foodgrains for a period of three months from April for the State.

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