29 March 2023
With over fifteen 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 (CMP). 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).


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.

SYSTRA has been involved in the creation of a metro network in Chennai since 2015 for phase 1, and since 2021 for phase 2.

SYSTRA is the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for the CMRL’s Chennai Metro Phase 1 extension (9Km), Phase II (13.53 Km) and also prepared the Feasibility Study report for Mass Transit System from Tambaram to Velachery (15.5 Kms). Recently, CMRL has awarded the preparation of Feasibility Study Report for Extension of Phase II of Chennai Metro Rail Corridors from Siruseri to Kilambakkam bus terminus (26 kms) to SYSTRA.

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.

“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.” The mobility plan shall focus more on the resilience, inclusivity, and green mobility as future of 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 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.

Ankush Malhotra-Head of Department, Consulting and Advisory Services- SYSTRA India

Did you know? The Chennai metropolitan area covers 5,904 km²

In terms of area, CMA is third largest metropolitan region in the country after Delhi NCR region and Mumbai Metropolitan Area. The city is 70% of the London Metropolitan Area.

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