Needed: better connectivity in Chennai

Rewind to 2006. The AIADMK made a towering proposal to build a 300-km-long monorail system for Chennai with 18 corridors costing Rs. 16,000 crore, with 2011 as the deadline.

Also, the government in its ‘Vision 2023’ document said there may be metro or monorail systems for two cities other than the capital. Now, Chennai has a metro rail system that despite grappling with delays is moving ahead, and a monorail system that is also beginning to take shape.In the last seven years, the monorail project had its first tender annulled, its length and cost trimmed, and now, awaits the bidding process.

The project costing Rs. 8,500 crore covers 57 km with three elevated corridors — Vandalur to Velachery via Tamabaram East (23 km), Poonamallee to Kathipara via Porur (18 km) and Poonamallee to Vadapalani via Valasaravakkam (16 km).Just last month, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa convened a meeting to review the progress of this project.

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