Japanese technology to be implemented all the way for Metro Rail phase II

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    (G.N.S) Dt. 30
    Chennai
    The Chennai Metro Rail’s second line from Little Mount to Chennai airport and St. Thomas Mount station. Trains, signalling and communication systems will be from Japan; pact to be signed with JICA soon.
    From trains to signalling and telecommunication systems, Japanese technology will dominate the Chennai Metro Rail’s phase II project. Last week, when a team from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) came to the city, extensive discussions took place on phase II of the project.
    JICA has funded phase I that cost about 14,600 crore.
    For phase II too, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited is likely sign a loan agreement with JICA, which means all components of the project, except civil work — trains, signalling and telecommunication systems, will be from Japan, highly placed sources said.
    The CMRL is most likely to sign the deal with JICA as soon as the final approval from the Centre comes. “The entire project cost is 80,000 crore; as far as we understand, no other international bank is ready to make such a huge investment and even if they have money, they cannot give it to us at the earliest. The advantage we get in taking it up from JICA is the low rate of interest on the loan. It will much lesser than what we got for phase I project,” the sources said.But they refuse to comment on what the interest rates are for phase II.
    Stark contrast
    While Japanese technology will be playing a crucial role in phase II, for phase I equipment from across the world was used: trains from French company Alstom, signalling and telecommunication from Germany-based Siemens and tunnelling machines from several countries.
    “The team that visited us will apprise the authorities of JICA in Japan and send a report soon. That will decide the next course of action in the project,” the sources added.
    Phase I: 45 km
    Cost: 14,600 crore
    Fund: JICA
    Phase II: 108 km
    Cost: 80,000 crore
    First two stretches to be taken up: Madhavarm Milk Colony to CMBT and Madhavaram Milk Colony to Shollinganallur
    Total distance of two stretches: 50 km
    Likely cost: 40,000 crore
    Madhavaram Milk Colony to CMBT
    Distance: 15 km
    Underground: Madhavaram Milk Colony to Kolathur
    Elevated: Kolathur to CMBT
    Madhavaram to Shollinganallur
    Distance: 35 km
    Underground: Madhavaram Milk Colony to Tidel Park
    Elevated: Taramani road junction to Shollinganallur
    Fund likely from JICA
    Technology involved in phase I project:
    Trains: France based Alstom
    Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) System: Japan based The Nippon Signal Co Ltd
    Tunnel Boring Machines: US, Japan, Germany and China
    Underground Stations Air Conditioning System: Voltas
    Tunnel Ventilation System: Dubai’s Emirates Trading Agency
    Phase II:Except civil works, everything is likely to come from Japan

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