Space availability a challenge for metro rail project planners

On July 19, 2017, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced in the Assembly that the State Government would implement metro rail project in Coimbatore.

His announcement came long after the State missed an opportunity to give metro rail to the city, as the then Central Government under United Progressive Alliance had in 2011 identified Coimbatore as one of the cities eligible for a mass rapid transit project.

A few other cities like Kochi that were on the Government’s list of Tier II cities for metro rail had taken up and also completed the project in the last nine years.

Consequent upon the July 2017 announcement, the State Government asked Chennai Metro Rail Limited to prepare a feasibility report and the latter had engaged Systra and RITES for the purpose.

Sources familiar with the development said the two organisations, Systra and RITES, had submitted a part of the report and were working to complete the rest.

The report at present had identified four corridors where the Government could establish metro rail network for 136 km.

The Hindu
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