As one of the States with rusty transport policies Tamil Nadu has been making slow progress with the Chennai metro plan. Other cities are faring even worse, as the DMK Government has no demonstrable plan or even vision on transport modernisation.
Today, The Hindu reports that acquisition process to build stations for the Chennai Metro have been started. As is the wont of the administration, this has not been publicised sufficiently. Early indications available from the report point to legal challenges, which are bound to be exacerbated by any attempt to influence the process for corrupt gains by officials.
It is also revealed that the Chennai Metro Rail valuers are yet to be appointed, again demonstrating the tardy progress and low priority given by the DMK regime. Surprisingly, there is no attempt to even have a “foundation stone laying” ceremony with the names of all the top leaders inscribed on it. The problem is that if the Government is unable to get working on the Metro soon enough, we may end up with a new transport plan under a new government. Past experience indicates that the AIADMK cares even less about public transport, and we may be left with a long and painful period ahead marked by perpetual urban chaos.