Coimbatore, India (Urban Transport News): The deputy chief minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam allocated Rs 6,683 crore for the Coimbatore metro rail project in the interim budget that was tabled on 23rd February 2021. The fund allocation comes almost three years after he announced the metro rail project for the Coimbatore in the assembly.
Deputy Chief Minister in his budget speech said that a detailed feasibility report for setting up the metro rail system for about 44 km at a cost of Rs 6,683 crore in the first phase was already prepared and the same was under scrutiny.
The Coimbatore Metro Rail project which consists of five corridors, covering a total distance of 144 km, has been proposed and preparation of a detailed project report was underway.
The first corridor would cover 26 km between Ukkadam and Kaniyur, the second 24 km between Ukkadam and Bilichi near Karamadai on Mettupalayam Road, the third 42 km between Thanneerpandal on Thadagam Road and Karanampettai on Trichy Road, the fourth 44 km between Karunya Nagar and Ganeshapuram, and the fifth corridor would cover 8 km between Ukkadam and Vellalore, where the integrated bus terminus would come up.
The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) had selected the engineering and consulting firm, Systra, to conduct a feasibility study for implementing the metro project in the city. It had in its report suggested four corridors. About a year ago, the CMRL had decided to create a fifth corridor, connecting Ukkadam and Vellalore.
Talking about the Chennai Metro Rail project, he said that the Centre had committed to counterpart funding for phase-II of the project, the entire financing of the project was tied up. The detailed project report (DPR) for extension of Chennai Metro Rail from Airport to Kilambakkam bus terminus via Tambaram and the detailed feasibility report (DFR) for the line between Tambaram to Velachery were under preparation.
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