Chennai Metro Tasks Private Consultants With Its Phase II DesignA Chennai Metro train leaves the Alandur station near the Kathipara cloverleaf interchange (Jaison G/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has appointed two consultants to work on the design of Chennai Metro’s second phase, The Hindu has reported. The second phase of Chennai Metro includes Madhavaram to CMBT and Madhavaram to Shollinganallur via Purasawalkam and Mylapore. Phase II of the project will cover 108 km in length and cost Rs 80,000 crore.

The project will receive a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the state will fund 25 to 30 per cent of the total cost. CMRL has also sent notices to acquire 800 properties for the construction of the second phase of the metro. Soil tests are also in progress to find the geological conditions before planning underground sections of the metro.

CEG-AECOM consortium is already working on the first phase of Chennai Metro. It has also worked on the preliminary design of Hyderabad Metro in the past. Systra had prepared the design for the Chennai Metro Phase I expansion from Washermanpet to Thiruvottiyur.

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