Chennai Metro

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The Chennai Metro () is a rapid transit system in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The Phase I of the project consisting of two corridors is under construction. The elevated section of the project is scheduled to be operational by 2013 and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by the financial year 2014-2015. About 55% of the corridors in Phase I is underground and the remaining elevated.

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Chennai is the 3rd largest metropolitan city in India. Chennai often known as the Detroit of Asia is widely known for its presence in the automotive industry and has attracted several global automakers to setup their factories in the city becoming one of the global leaders in the industry. Apart from automobiles, it also has development centres set up by many software companies which contributed 14% of India's total software exports of during 2006–07, making it the second-largest exporter of software in the country, behind Bangalore. Based on all these industrial and technological advancements, urban population has risen rapidly, requiring need for faster and safer transportation at all times. The city already has multiple modes of transportation. A bus system is run by the Chennai MTC and is augmented by the Chennai suburban railway network run by the Southern Railway. In addition to this, the Chennai Corporation has also implemented the Chennai MRTS project, an elevated railway system was sanctioned in 1984 to ease congestion in central Chennai. However, traffic...
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