This chapter discusses the development of the metro rail system in Chennai. It details the various phases of the project from proposal to implementation. Phase I of the Railways-operated Chennai MRTS from Chennai Beach to Tirumalai was sanctioned by the Railways at a cost of Rs 306.19 crore. Work on Phase II, from Tirumalai to Velachery, started in 1996 and went on till 2007. The sanctioned cost for this 11.38 km stretch with nine stations is Rs 875.58 crore. Phase II extension for 5 km from Velachery to St Thomas Mount was sanctioned during 2006–7 and work has commenced. The completion of Phase I is scheduled for January 2011, Phase II for June 2011, and Phase II extension for March 2012. When completed, the MRTS network will be 25 km long with five stations at-grade and 16 elevated.
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