Scomi keen on Chennai monorail project

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CHENNAI: Scomi International is now eyeing a major monorail construction project in the south Indian city of Chennai, as city planners mull alternative transportation mode to ease traffic in India’s fastest growing city.

MONORAIL SYSTEM: Chennai may soon have a monorail system of its own if plans to build one materialise.

MONORAIL SYSTEM: Chennai may soon have a monorail system of its own if plans to build one materialise.

“Chennai is exploring to introduce a monorail system for their city, similar to the Mumbai monorail project.

“I have promoted Scomi to the Tamil Nadu government, we encourage more Malaysian companies, like Scomi to enter the Indian market.

They are already involved in the Mumbai monorail project,” Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik told Bernama here yesterday.

He is on an official trade tour to the south Indian city, accompanied by 20 officials, to promote Kuala Lumpur among Indian entrepreneurs as a strategic investment centre in the region.

Last Tuesday he held talks with Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister MK Stalin in Chennai.

Commenting on the monorail project in Chennai, Scomi International general manager (Business Development, India) S Selvaraja Chinnasamy said the company had submitted a proposal to the state government.

“We submitted a proposal to the state about three months ago and hopefully by year-end there will be some developments.

“There are plans to build two corridors, a 24km stretch and another 20km stretch in Chennai metropolitan.

We are keen to participate in these projects,” added Selvaraja.

Chennai is the fourth largest metropolitan city in India with a population of nearly 4.3 million.

Scomi is currently involved in the construction of India’s first monorail project in Mumbai, a 19.5km stretch, at cost of RM1.85 billion and will partner Indian-based Larsen and Toubro Ltd to construct the mega project in Mumbai. — Bernama