Chennai: Operations between Chennai Central and Nehru Park will begin this month, confirmed the railway officials of the Chennai Metro. While the construction of the Egmore station is in the final stage, Central Square is partially completed (enough to start operations in the underground section).
The Chennai metro, which currently witnesses patronage of 34,000 passengers daily, expects it to increase to one lakh once operations start from central Chennai. During peak hours, the frequency of trains between Central and the airport would be five minutes, a senior official said.
This would provide a great respite to Egmore travelers as trains from various parts of Tamil Nadu leave the station and also the Egmore bus terminal facilitates interstate commutation. The Egmore suburban train station attracts almost one lakh daily commuters.
“During peak hours, it’s a nightmare to travel on suburban trains with choking passengers,” Metro said, although more expensive, “would ensure a smooth trip, hopefully,” said P. Chaithanya, a regular Egmore traveler.
The Egmore metro station is spread over an area of 8,000 square meters with four entry/exit points: one each of the southern railway headquarters and the Poonamallee high road and two near the Egmore suburban train station. It is a distance traveled between the suburban train station and the Metro, which makes it easier for passengers arriving from other states at the railway station to board the metro.
“The work is almost complete, we just have to finish the work on the escalators in the back door and the electrical works, the test runs in the underground section will continue until then,” said one official.
In addition, near the exit on the main road of Poonamalle, talks are underway to start a bus bay that facilitates intermodal transport.
The section Nehru Park to Chennai Central covers 2.7 km and covers three stations: Nehru Park, Chennai Egmore and Central Chennai. The extension of this section will open a direct link between the Chennai and Central airports.