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Press Release

September 21, 2016

Part of Corridor 1 of Chennai Metro, connecting Chennai International Airport, was opened to traffic with JICA's support

PhotoMs. Jayalalithaa, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu inaugurates the Corridor 1(partially) of Chennai Metro

Chennai, 21st September, 2016: Corridor 1 of Chennai Metro was partially inaugurated today by Ms. J Jayalalithaa, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon'ble Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Mr. Seiji Baba, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative JICA India Office. The maiden train in the newly opened stretch mentioned below was flagged off successfully.

The newly commissioned stretch covers a distance of 9 kms between Airport Station and Little Mount Station comprising of six important stations; 1) Airport Station, 2) Meenambakkam Metro Station, 3) Nanganallur Road Station, 4) Alandur Station, 5) Guindy Metro Station and 6) Little Mount Station.

The inauguration of this stretch will connect the Chennai International Airport, the fourth busiest airport in India, with the other important transportation hubs, e.g. Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT), the biggest bus terminal in the city, and will mitigate the impacts caused by mounting traffic in Chennai such as increased traffic congestion, air pollution, road accidents and journey time.

When the whole project is completed, travel time will be reduced drastically. For example, between the Chennai airport and Chennai Central station, currently, it takes around 60 min in off-peak hours by using bus and it takes much more during peak hours. After the completion of metro the travel time will be reduced to less than 30 minutes.

The commissioning of this metro corridor between Airport Station and Little Mount Station has reinforced the partnership of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the State of Tamil Nadu for all-round development in the state and Chennai. The first loan agreement for the Chennai Metro project was signed in November 2008 with a loan amount of 21,751 million Japanese Yen, followed by the second signed in March 2010 of 59,851 million Japanese Yen, the third signed in March 2013 of 48,691 million Japanese Yen, and the fourth signed in March 2016 of 19,981 million Japanese Yen; in total, up to date, 150,274 million Japanese Yen. The ODA loan's conditions are very concessional, i.e. 1.2- 1.4% of interest rates and 30 years of repayment period (including 10 years of grace period).

Through project implementation, Japanese consulting firm and manufacturers have been collaborating for the success of the project by introducing the cutting-edge technology, such as project management, safety management, advanced automatic fare collection system and etc., so that the people of Chennai can enjoy safe, timely and comfortable travel with highly reliable services, which are typical characteristics of "quality infrastructure". In addition, the cooperation in urban rail sector with advanced technology has pushed forward the development of human resources in India.

Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "JICA has been promoting development of economic infrastructure which facilitates sustained growth. The transport sector has witnessed a paradigm shift in India and JICA has been acting as the most important player in assisting Metro projects in India, such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Ahmedabad in addition to Chennai. The opening of this newly constructed stretch of Chennai Metro will mitigate traffic congestion and air pollution and enhance ease of travel, so that local economic growth and improve quality of life can be significantly improved. "

The transport sector has accounted for more than half of total JICA assistance to India in the last 10 years. India is experiencing rapid urbanization. While the registered number of automobiles and motorcycles are surging, the development of public transportation infrastructure is much required. As a result, traffic congestion, particularly in metropolitan cities, is becoming one of the most serious problems. To mitigate traffic congestion and promote regional economic growth through environmental conservation measures, JICA has been supporting construction of metros in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Ahmedabad in addition to Chennai.

Overall JICA has extended concessional ODA loans of JPY 1,049,614 million for development of metro systems in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

PhotoChennai Metro, Corridor 1 Inaugurated (partially)

PhotoDriver inside the cabin of Chennai Metro

Over the years, JICA has provided 383,314 million Japanese Yen in ODA loans for all-round development in Tamil Nadu. The ODA loan assistance includes various projects in the state like Tamil Nadu Investment Promotion Program (TNIPP), Tamil Nadu Urban Health Care Project, Tamil Nadu Transmission System Improvement Project, Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project, Hogenakkal Water Supply & Fluorosis Mitigation, Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Project, and etc. JICA has also facilitated technical cooperation for improvement of Chennai port operations and Master Plan Study of Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor, among others, and extended grant aid for enhancement of facilities at Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children (ICH) in Chennai. ICH is expected to be opened in near future.

About JICA

Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA is the world's biggest bilateral donor agency. It works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.

JICA India Office Web: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/
JICA India Brochure: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/office/others/brochures.html

For further information, please contact:
JICA India Office
Ai Tachikawa/ Vini Sharma
+91 11 47685500
Tachikawa.Ai@jica.go.jp / sharmavini.id@jica.go.jp

PhotoChennai Metro MAP


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