The Governor’s Address in Tamil Nadu today has announced a major change in the way Chennai will be approaching the question of mass mobility. Governor Barnala’s speech laying out the priorities of the new AIADMK government says it will be a mono rail for the city.
The announcement says: Government will implement the Mono Rail Project in Chennai to integrate with the existing transport system.
In the first phase, 111 kilometres will be covered under this project and eventually it will cover 300 kilometres in a phased manner.
Investigations will also be undertaken for introducing mono rail system in other corporations like Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy to decongest the traffic.
What this means for the Rs.14,400 crore Japan-funded Metro project pursued by the DMK Government, work on which is underway, remains unclear. In 2006, the government led by Ms. Jayalalithaa had made an announcement on the Mono Rail for Chennai. Read that here.
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