Japan has been providing technical and financial support for the construction of the Metro in Delhi and Chennai. Japan supported the construction of about 116 km section out of a total of 159 km of the Delhi Metro Phase 3, through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan, amounting to about Rs 17,000 crore. It also provided about Rs 110 billion for Chennai Metro Phase 1.
On 25 May, Chennai Metro opened two underground stretches ~ Nehru Park to Central Metro and Little Mount to AG-DMS. Meanwhile, all sections of the Magenta Line will become operational on Monday in the Delhi Metro Phase 3, following the opening of the section between Kalkaji Mandir and Janakpuri West station.
In an official communique, the Japanese Embassy said the completion of the Magenta Line in Delhi and the partial opening of the Chennai Metro line mark a significant milestone in the long-standing friendly relationship between Japan and India. But most importantly, it leads to improving the quality of urban lifestyle in the Delhi National Capital Region and provides enhanced connectivity. At the same time, it ushers in a new era in urban transportationin Chennai.
The Japan Embassy has launched “Japan’s Blue Sky Initiatives” to help tackle India’s air pollution by making full use of Japanese knowledge and technology. Delhi Metro is an example of an effective collaboration for environmentally friendly urban development to help bring back the Blue Sky in Delhi, and to realise a “walker-friendly” urban lifestyle.
“Delhi Metro will be one of the largest Metro Networks in the world after the completion of Delhi Metro Phase 3,” the communique said. “The completion of Magenta Line is surely a big step forward towards the vision of a sustainable and clean Delhi NCR, and the government of Japan is willing to extend its full support to India financially and technically to develop a healthier and more comfortable life for its residents.”
Japan is also cooperating in the “Smart City” initiatives of Chennai, as well as Ahmedabad and Varanasi. Japan is supporting Tamil Nadu Investment Promotion Programme by providing soft loans. In 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.