Today the Chennai Metro Rail Project (Phase I) underground section from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park was inaugurated. The newly constructed underground stretch covers a distance of 7.4 km between Thirumangalam and Nehru Park comprising of five important stations; Anna Nagar Tower, Anna Nagar East, Shenoy Nagar, PachayappaÂ’s College and Kilpauk Medical College.
The newly inaugurated underground segment is 7.4 km long will mitigate the difficulties caused by mounting traffic in Chennai such as increased traffic congestion, air pollution, road accidents and journey time.
Once completed the Chennai metro project phase1 is expected to have over 800 trains running in either direction each day, transporting an estimated 7 lakh people each day by the year 2021. The Chennai Metro is integrated with other forms of public and private transport including buses and sub-urban trains to facilitate seamless travel by commuters.
JICA has extended Rs 9,000 crore in concessional ODA loans over 4 tranches since 2008 for the development of around 45 km metro rail system in Chennai. By adding JICAÂ’s loan for Phase V, the cumulative loan amount for Chennai Metro Project amounts to Rs 11,000 crore.