Chennai: The ambitious and first underground metro station stretch in Chennai Metro is most likely to be other stations on Anna Salai. It was last year the project was kick started for the Thirumangalam and Nehru Park via Poonamallee High Road stretch, now the CMRL officials post inspection would soon open other stations on route together with a part of Central Metro as well as stations on Anna Salai.
It was on Monday that the first leg of inspections of these lines was started by the commissioner of metro rail safety. If the inspection reports are satisfactory, the routes will get a go-ahead by the CMRL officials.
CMRL further informed that they will unlock metro rail stretches from Nehru Park to Central Metro and Little Mount to AG-DMS before the end of this month.
The inspection was started by the commission of railway safety (CRS), under the ministry of civil aviation, headed by the railway safety commissioner K A Manoharan, have already started the inspections at the Shenoy Nagar station.
The CMRS officials have informed that they had verified all documents connected to the stations and tunnels that CMRL had furnished prior to the inspections. Prior to the CMRS inspection, an independent safety evaluation was also and metro rail have received a certificate for the line between Shenoy Nagar and Central stations.
At Central Metro, the team will verify the upper track to Egmore and beyond on Poonamallee High Road and the concourse level. The lower track level linking Washermenpet on one side and Anna Salai via May Day Park on the other is not yet completed.
K A Manoharan shared that his team will be accessing various parameters with regards to safety. They will check tunnels, calibrations of the trains as well witness mock fire fighting drills to determine the competence of the tunnel aeration and exhaust system.
When the lines are made operational, commuters will be able to take a direct ride on the transit system from Central Metro to Koyambedu and the airport via stations on Poonamallee High Road. Travellers from Anna Salai will manage to get through the airport in 30 minutes or carry on to CMBT after changing corridors at Alandur.