Chennai Metro To Inaugurate Underground Sections With Japan’s Support

On 25th May, the inauguration of underground sections from Nehru Park to Central Metro, and from Little Mount to AG-DMS, is scheduled. 
Japan feels a sense of pride in supporting the construction of the Chennai Metro, technically and financially, from the beginning of the project.  The Government of Japan has provided 183.5 billion yen, which is about 110 billion Indian Rupees, for Chennai Metro phase 1.
The partial opening of the Chennai Metro line at this time marks a milestone in the long-standing friendly relationship between Japan and India. Most importantly, it ushers in a new era in urban transportation and quality of urban lifestyle in Chennai.
Chennai Metro provides world-class services in terms of safety, reliability, punctuality, comfort and customer satisfaction. People can enjoy its punctuality, high-frequency operations, and comfortable rides.  These services will help relieve the stress of commuting and make it a more enjoyable experience.  
In addition, Chennai Metro also contributes to reducing heavy traffic congestion and air pollution, and is instrumental in realizing an environmentally-friendly and sustainable urban transportation system.
Japan is also cooperating in the “Smart City” Initiatives of Chennai, as well as Ahmedabad and Varanasi.  Japan is supporting Tamil Nadu Investment Promotion Program by providing soft loans, and a new outpatient department building in the Institute for Chennai Health and Hospital for Children was opened in January 2017, through Japanese Grant Assistance.  This March, the Exchange of Notes was signed for the Chennai Seawater Desalination Plant and the Chennai Metropolitan Area Intelligent Transport System.  In addition, new projects for Chennai Metro Phase II and Chennai Peripheral Ring Road are currently under survey.