CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah today told the Assembly that phase-II of Chennai Metro Rail project covering 88 km is being fast-tracked and outlined progress in other schemes including infrastructure projects.
“Preparatory works for Phase-II of Chennai Metro Rail Project covering a total length of 88 km along three corridors at an approximate cost of Rs 44,000 crore is being fast-tracked for JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) assistance,” he said. “This would help the State to further strengthen the Metro Rail network in Chennai.”
In June 2015, Metro Rail, for a stretch of 10.15 km between Koyambedu and Alandur here was launched by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
As regards the opening up of passenger services in the remaining sections of Chennai Metro, he said, it would “commence shortly.” On other infrastructure projects, he referred to the Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme under which sanction was accorded for Rs 14,841 crore worth projects in the last four and a half years.
lso, a World bank assisted TN Road Sector Project-II is being implemented at an outlay of Rs 5,171 crore, he said. Under the Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme, work for construction of three lakh houses was taken up at a cost outlay of Rs 5,940 crore in the past four and a half years.
Rural infrastructure development work focused on water supply, sanitation and upgradation of roads was taken up to improve basic amenities in villages under the TN Village Habitation Improvement Scheme (THAI), he said.
An empowerment and poverty alleviation initiative, “Pudhu Vazhvu” Project Phase-II will be launched shortly at an estimated cost of Rs 900 crores, he said.
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