With over 15 million inhabitants, Chennai is the main economic hub of southern India and the fourth most populous metropolitan region in the country. The surrounding suburbs of Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur will soon be included in its metropolitan area. And it is SYSTRA’s teams in India and France who will be updating the mobility plan for the metropolis on behalf of the Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (CUMTA).
Sustainability at the heart of a growth strategy
The aim of the project is to present a long-term vision of mobility in the entire Chennai metropolitan area, covering all modes of transport and focusing on the movement of people rather than vehicles.
We are delighted that Chennai has again put its trust in us for a new project following our work on the city’s metro system. This latest contract provides a new challenge or our teams and the application of different areas of expertise.Ankush Malhotra, Head of Department, Consulting and Advisory Services, SYSTRA India
The mobility plan will focus more on the resilience, inclusivity, and green mobility for the future of the Chennai Regions mobility framework and for this, SYSTRA shall be adopting sustainable mobility principles that have been prescribed by the World Bank as part of the GRIDS Framework (Green, Resilience, Inclusive, Effective Development, Safe) aiming for measurable improvements in adaptation and measurable reductions in emissions and focusing on data driven Mobility.
SYSTRA: a decisive role in the metro network
SYSTRA has been involved in the creation of a metro network in Chennai since 2015 for phase 1 as Detailed Design Consultant for the line’s extension, and since 2021 for phase 2.
The arrival of the metro has helped to make travel more fluid and offers the people of Chennai a safe, reliable, economical, and sustainable mobility service, integrated with other transport networks such as buses and regional trains.
Did you know?
The Chennai metropolitan area covers 5,904 km², a little more than twice the size of Luxembourg !
In terms of area, CMA is the third largest metropolitan region in the country after the Delhi NCR region and Mumbai Metropolitan Area. The city is 50% the size of the whole Paris region, and 70% the size of the London Metropolitan Area.