The proposed merger between the Chennai Metro Rail and Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is intended to give commuters a better travel experience, but is likely to be a costly affair for the State government.

PwC, which was appointed as consultant to prepare a report for this merger, made a presentation to the State government on Wednesday, spelling out recommendations and the possible implications.

According to top sources, the merger will mean commuters of the MRTS will get to travel in modern and posh Metro Rail trains. “So, it may cost around Rs. 3,000 crore to change the trains and other necessary facilities to bring in merger. But we still don’t have a timeline on when this merger will happen. There will be another round of meeting soon,” a source said.

The next step for this merger will be the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) on how to implement this project.

If the two systems come together, then a commuter of MRTS may have to shell out more for his journey. “Since air-conditioned trains and other better services will provided, the fares too are likely to be increased. But there is no clear picture on how much the increase will be at this stage,” he added.

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