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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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Madras is all set to get a new form of public transport in what they call "monorail".The decision was taken three days ago by the state government.

Earlier the DMRC(Delhi Metro Rail Corporation)was called upon to conduct a feasibility study on the implementation of a rapid transit system for Madras city,after it successfully implemented the project in Delhi.The study was conducted and three corridors(main roads)were identified.These are Tiruvotriyur to Airport along mount road,Tiruvotriyur to Poonamallee along Poonamallee high road and Tiruvanmiyur to Amabattur Estate via Saidapet,T.nagar and Anna nagar.The agency started the preliminary work of soil testing on the first two sectors.The system was to have underground tube tracks at some parts and elevated lines for most part of the route.The system was expected to complement the existing suburban rail system.

The following are some of the corridors selected by the MTCL: Parrys-Guduvancherry; Parrys-Poonamallee; Parrys-Porur; Parrys-Avadi; Parrys-Red Hills; Parrys-Parrys (via Mylapore, Raja Annamalaipuram, Guindy, Ekkattuthangal, Vadapalani, Anna Nagar, Chintamani, Kilpauk, Kellys, Elephant Gate, Stanley Medical College); Parrys-Manali new town, Halda-Medavakkam; Anna Statue-Adyar, Virugambakkam-Santhome; Egmore-Madras Fertiliser Junction; Saidapet-Anna Nagar Roundtana; Ayanavaram-Ambattur Estate; Aminjikarai-Ambattur Estate; Parrys-Kelambakkam; Gandhi Statue, Villiwakkam-Nathamuni Theatre; and Foreshore Estate-Nungabakkam.

This appeared in yesterday's edition of The Hindu.(Read the full report here).The Metropolitan Transport Corporation which is the most "efficient" transport agency in the world for its "flawless" buses will be executing this monorail project.

I personally feel that the metrorail project is a much better option but I wouldnt complain if the monorail succeeds in reducing congestion on roads,as it is expected to.This is a must for a steadily-growing metropolitan city but another option would be to streamline the existing bus and train services.With fast-paced development going on in chennai's satellite towns,more electric trains, with a frequency of 10 to 15 minutes, are needed for places like chengalpet and kanchipuram.

Yet another feather in Chennai's cap!
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