ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $780 million loan to construct new lines and enhance the connectivity of Chennai’s metro rail system with existing bus and feeder services.

ADB Senior Transport Specialist for South Asia, Andri Heriawan, informed that this project will expand Chennai’s metro rail system to provide a safe and integrated transport solution essential in improving urban mobility and make the city more livable.

The project includes construction of 10.1 km of the elevated section between Sholinganallur to State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu-2, including 9 metro stations and system components. Another 10 km of the underground section between Lighthouse and Meenakshi College including 9 stations; and 31 km of system components, such as electrical, mechanical, power, and telecommunication infrastructure, between Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus to Okkiyam Thoraipakkam will also be funded by the ADB loan.

The stations will incorporate disaster- and climate-resilient features and will be responsive to social requirements. Multimodal interchanges and facilities will be established along metro rail corridors to improve commuters’ experience such as drop-off and pick-up areas, sheltered waiting areas, bicycle facilities, and passenger information.

ADB will provide an additional $1 million technical assistance (TA) grant to help the CMRL with the planning and management of the metro system’s multimodal integration. The TA will support the identification of first- and last-mile connectivity needs and explore opportunities for transit-oriented development to increase revenues through land value capture.
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