Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2-yr deadline for monorail: CM

Mono Rail
Chief minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday presented Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a detailed memorandum, complete with requests for grants, assistance and funds that total about Rs 2,45,000 crore. The projects she sought help with range from benefits for the fisheries sector and interlinking of rivers to providing laptops to students and pension to the elderly.

Improving transportation and infrastructure in Chennai city figure quite high on her list as she's sought close to Rs 40,000 crore for various projects, including reviving the mono rail to strengthening drainage and road networks.

Decongesting roads and improving transport systems seem to be high on her agenda as Jayalalithaa's memorandum says she plans to complete the first phase of the mono rail project within two years. She's sought assistance from the Centre under the National Urban Transport Policy to implement the first phase of 111km at a cost of roughly Rs 16,650 crore, which works out to Rs 150 crore per km.

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