Chennai: The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) in a bid to preserve heritage will soon convert structure opposite Chennai Central Railway Station into a metro rail museum. So those walking inside the 230-year-old Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar choultry, they will walk straight into history. They will get to see how the heritage blends with modern cities.
This will happen the doors are open of the 230-year-old Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar Choultry.
The hi-tech museum is part of the Rs 400 crore Central Square project on Poonamallee High Road. Visitors will get a 360-degree tour of the cutting-edge technology that has been employed in making the city’s modern transit system.
Metro official shares that an agency will take care of preliminary work. This includes inviting tenders for the museum after Central Metro becomes completely running by near the beginning of 2019.
The building will be restored to the original shape before setting up a museum. But all this work will only begin once construction of Central Metro work is finished.
The lower deck at Central Metro linking Washermenpet with the airport and the entrance structures to the metro station are still being constructed. The station will get fully operational alongside with the Anna Salai line, which is expected to be completed by end of this year or in the first half of 2019.
CMRL will have an interesting display at the museum like the built tunnels, metro train models and models of tunnel boring machines and major components of machine cutter heads that penetrate through the soil. Visitors will get a glimpse of construction that took place over the years.
The Metro officials want to give an overall picture of what goes into building a metro rail network. They want to highlight the challenges, hardships, and processes involved in bringing the metro line into a city.
Arun Menon, assistant professor, civil engineering department from IIT Madras sharing his views said that worldwide, it is an acknowledged standard in heritage conservation for adaptive reuse of old structures.