CHENNAI METRO UPDATE: CMRL Begins Field Surveys For Second Phase Of Metro Rail Project

CHENNAI METRO UPDATE: CMRL Begins Field Surveys For Second Phase Of Metro Rail Project

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Date of Post: 09 Nov, 2017

Chennai: CMRL (Chennai Metro Rail Ltd.) has begun field surveys for the second phase of the metro rail project. CMRL has initiated talks with the revenue officials in Chennai, Kancheepuram & Tiruvallur district to acquire lands for building the metro lines. The Rs 44,000 crore phase-II project will have three corridors running across the length and breadth of the city connected by 104 stations.

Land Survey Begins

  • A Metro Rail official said, Survey along the corridors to map land and buildings on the alignment route have begun.
  • Land that may be temporarily required for construction of lines are also being considered.
  • The official said,”This will make it easy when the notices are issued to the land and building owners for acquisition.”
  • The Phase-II project is awaiting approval from the Centre.

JICA To Fund For The Project

  • CMRL has also appraised a team of officials of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) for funding of the project.
  • Recently, S Krishnan, principal secretary , planning, development and special initiatives said,”We are expecting to sign an agreement with JICA by March or April 2018. By that time, procurement process will also start.”

Phase-II Work started – Phase-I nearing completion

  • CMRL has kick started work for the phase-II even as the construction of the 45km phase-I of the project is nearing completion.
  • They began preliminary work for acquiring lands before they received approval for the phase-I extension project that is being built to North Chennai with the rest of the city .
  • Also, CMRL officials are simultaneously holding meetings with the district revenue officials of Chennai, Kanchipuram & Thiruvallur , where the metro corridors are planned for the phase, to oversee the survey & eventual acquisition of land which will include issuance of notices to land & building owners & handling documents for the actual acquisition.
  • An official said,”We are waiting for the detailed project report to be approved to start land acquisition process.”

Image Credit: Chennai Metro

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