Chennai: It is likely that state government is making all out efforts to complete works of the Rs 8,500 crore Chennai monorail project, at least on one of the three proposed stretches before the Lok Sabha polls.
The ambitious project is touted as the solution to meet the burgeoning needs of public transport in the city, particularly in the suburbs which has seen a quantum jump in population recenlty.
According to sources, the empowered committee on monorail was convened urgently to expedite the bidding process of the project that had been dragging for over a year.
Top sources told DC Tuesday that this meeting was convened at the secretariat in the forenoon. “The meeting that was chaired by chief secretary Sheela Balakrishnan stretched for more than an hour in which several issues pertaining to the scheme that could impact government’s policies were discussed in detail,” said an official.
The empowered committee comprises secretaries of various departments including those of transport, finance and urban development.
Another source said that they were also mulling to see the monorail being operated at least on one stretch before the 2014 general elections. “However, we are aware that clearing underground utility services like sewerage, power cables, water and telecom fibre network is an uphill task, as they have to be kept in working order during construction.”
Government has identified three corridors, Vandalur to Velachery (23 km), Poonamallee to Kathipara junction (16 km) and Poonamallee to Vadapalani (18 km), where 450 rails would crisscross the stretches with a frequency of one every four minutes in both directions.