Chennai: The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) will construct two new pedestrian subways near Central Railway Station. After the construction of this two new pedestrian subways will soon become hassle-free at the Poonamallee High Road which is one of the congested junctions near Central Railway Station.
CMRL for these two subways floated a tender which is of cost Rs 400 crore Central square project.
The subways will linked the Government general hospital with evening Bazaar road and the southern Railway headquarters. The second subway is under construction and in recent the first one has already opened.
The two subways which are of 9 m-wide subways will be above the tunnels that will lead to central Metro Station. The expected time for completion of this subway is one year after the tender allotment.
These subways will consist escalator and elevators. This will be likely to link to Central Metro Station or near to commuter accessing area. This subway will link the southern Railway headquarters with Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) and an extension from the subway will link to the bridge over the Buckingham Canal opposite central Railway Station.
And apart from this the other pedestrian subway will link RGGGH with evening bazar road that will lead to flower bazar. The width of both the sub way will be 9 m wide. And the 2nd subway will be built, which will use a technique where boxes of segments costs outside will be pushed through embankment of road by jacking.
The subway which is also entry point, has been already linked with Moore market complex with park station in earlier month.
Thinking for commuters convenient the subway has been designed in such away, which will also provide users to walk to Moore Market complex as well as to Central Railway Station.
All these four subways are expected to cater to the nearly 70, 000 pedestrians using Poonammalle high road near and around Central Railway Station during peak hours as per official.
These four subways will also help in increasing commuter’s ridership which is expected from 12,000 to 1,50,000 in Central Metro by 2026. The official also mention that our plan is take pedestrians underground as much as possible and let motorists use the road.