With the opening of the near nine-kilometer metro lane in Chennai, around 324 kilometres of metro rail will be operational in the country in the cities of Delhi and NCR, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Mumbai, said Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, M Venkaiah Naidu. During the inauguration of the 8.61-kilometer Chennai metro line from Little Mount to Chennai Airport, he said that Chennai has around 19 kilometres of metro operational out of the total 45 kilometres in Phase 1 of the Chennai Metro Rail Project. The Government of India has so far released about Rs 10,000 crore for the Chennai Metro Phase-1 project. Around 520 km is currently under construction in various cities including Delhi and NCR, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Lucknow and another around 553 km is under consideration. One four-car metro rake per trip is expected to remove 16 buses/300 cars/600 two-wheelers from the road. This not only reduces traffic congestion but also reduces pollution. The ridership at the completion of Phase I of the Chennai Metro Rail Project is expected to be 775,000 per day, he added.
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