Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to expedite clearance for Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) phase II and phase I extension by taking up the matter with finance and urban planning departments. The Phase I Extension from Washermanpet to Tiruvottriyur, a further 9.51 km at a cost of `3,770 crore, has been recently approved by the Centre. There is a need to substantially expand Metro Rail network in Chennai to improve public transportation.
She urged him to take a policy decision in the matter. If railways need the surface rights, then they should charge only nominal/token lease rent for the land. Alternatively, full rights including surface rights should be given to CMRL by transferring the land valued at full market value as Central Government's equity contribution to the project.