The Tamil Nadu budget had good announcements for Chennai City which focused on infrastructure, bus transport, Chennai Metro as well as conservation of nature. Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam said during the Tamil Nadu budget that a project to procure 12,000 new BS VI buses and 2,000 new electric buses at an outlay of Rs 5,890 crore with KfW loan assistance will be implemented. The State government will introduce 2,000 BS VI buses in the State and 500 electric buses in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai during the first phase.
Panneerselvam said the feasibility study of extension of metro rail from Meenambakkam Airport to Kilamabakkam metro bus terminus situated near Vandalur is being taken up. Out of the approved 118.90 km of three metro rail corridors, JICA has approved funding of Rs 20,196 crore for implementing the priority stretches totaling 52.01 km for Madhavaram to Sholingalnallur and Madavaram to Chennai Mofussil Bus and the State Government has accorded administrative sanction for a total cost of Rs 40,941 crore to commence the work.