CMRL awaits sanction from ministry for MRTS takeover

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has taken a step towards initiating the process of Metro taking over the MRTS in the city.

Sources in CMRL on Saturday said they had written to the ministry of urban development a few months ago, seeking sanction for the proposal.

“The government already suggested this integration. Now, the ministry of urban development in consultation with Railways will have to grant permission for this proposal. We wrote to the ministry, requesting them to nominate a committee to work out the modalities for this proposal,” said a CMRL official.

If the proposal receives approval, the groundwork for this project might begin in another two years once the Metro Rail is up and running by 2015, the official said.

“When the Metro project was given sanction, we received suggestions from the government that Metro could take over the MRTS system after working out terms and conditions. If the initial work commences in two years, it may take a long time for the project to take shape. We need cooperation from the Railways to carry out this process,” he added.

There were other issues, including that of manpower for the MRTS, to be considered, the official said.

Now, Tier-II cities qualify for Metro

Commuters in cities with 20 lakh population can hope for a more comfortable journey if state governments are willing to choose modern metro for intra-city transportation. Union urban development ministry has decided to consider the proposal for metro in cities with 20 lakh plus population.
With this announcement, Tier II cities Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Indore, Nagpur, Kochi, Coimbatore, Kozhikode qualifies to get metro rail system with Centre’s support.
As the metro fever is catching up with smaller cities, cities like Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Bhopal are moving ahead with the proposal for the metro project while they did not fit in the population cut-off criteria. Among these, Jaipur is expected to be first to get the swanky mode of transportation as state government is funding the entire cost of Rs 1,250 crore of the 9.25km under Stage I. Rajasthan government has sought Centre’s approval for viability gap funding for stage II (25.91km— Ambabari to Sitapura via SMS hospital) that will cost Rs 7,700 crore.
Kochi has also moved forward for the modern transport as UD ministry is soon going to seek cabinet’s nod for 25.3km Alwaye to Petta stretch costing Rs 4,722 crore. Ludhiana, Pune, Lucknow and Ahmedabad have got detailed project report (DPR) for metro projects prepared from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), while DPRs for Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh is under preparation.
UD ministry seems keen to run metro in Nagpur, as the minister has written to Maharastra CM for getting DPR for metro rail in the city prepared. Kanpur, Patna, Surat, Coimbatore and Kozhikode are the Tier II cities that fall in UD ministry’s criteria but lagging behind in availing Centre’s offer for support to run metro rail. “If state governments come with the proposal for metro rail in cities with 20 lakh plus population, the ministry is ready to consider,” urban development minister Kamal Nath said. To begin with, the ministry has decided to bear 50% of the cost of the preparation of detailed project report for cities with 20 lakh plus population. Among the 19 cities which have more than 20 lakh population according to Census 2011, the metro rail projects are under different stage implementation in four metropolitan cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Mumbai has taken up metro projects — Line 1 (11.07km), Line 2 (31.87km) on PPP model costing Rs 10,016 crore. For Line 3 (20.4km) that will cost Rs 12,015 crore, the city has chosen to go for DMRC model that mean government funding (by both centre and state) of entire project.
Jaipur first Tier II city to get the swanky mode of transport
Pune, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Ahmedabad have got detailed project reports prepared
Union urban development ministry keen on Nagpur; minister Kamal Nath has written to CM Ashok Chavan
Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Bhopal not in population bracket, but want Metro

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