Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa is taking false credit for the metro rail project, said Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi on Monday.
The former CM said it was only due to the efforts of the DMK government between 2006 and 2011 that the project had been completed partially.
“It was only after DMK government assumed office in 2006, the metro rail project was approved by the cabinet. The project was conceived to provide a better, cheap and modern means of transport to the public. A detailed project report was prepared in 2007 and was approved in January that year. A new company called Chennai Metro Rail Limited was also registered on December 3, 2007,” said Karunanidhi in a statement.
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He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving the extension of corridor I of the first phase of Metro Rail in Chennai, saying that he was happy as the project was launched during the erstwhile DMK regime.
Criticising Jayalalithaa for favouring monorail after her government assumed office in 2011, Karunanidhi said: “In the 2011 budget as well as in the subsequent budgets and Governor’s addresses, the government favoured only monorail for a distance of 300km. The monorail system was only meant to be a competitive one for the metro rail, and it was finally dropped as it was proved to be ineffective.”
Karunanidhi said the AIADMK government and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa actually favoured the mono rail project, but gave it up after realising that it would not be feasible.