Chennai: Construction of 9Km metro rail corridor is going on a breath neck speed in North Chennai. To keep the momentum of work going, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is going ahead with preliminary work to lay ballastless tracks. These will be a requisite for the functioning of metro trains.
Looking at the progress of the work, the 9km Phase 1 extension line between Washermenpet and Wimco Nagar is likely to be constructed by March 2020.
As per senior metro official, they have already invited tenders for both track work and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing). The official shared that they are optimistic on beginning track work by end of this year.
In North Chennai the extension line comprises of — a 2km underground section connected by two stations and a 7km elevated stretch linked all the way through six stations.
When this line will be constructed, North Chennai commuters will seamlessly be able to commute to several localities in the city that are connected by metro rail network.
It was in 2016 that work on extending the North Chennai metro rail network began. By the end of 2017, construction of two tunnels the length of a 2km stretch from Washermenpet to Korukkupet was concluded. After this, work was initiated for building elevated corridors. This construction is under progress and going on a steady pace.
An elevated maintenance deport is also under construction at Wimco Nagar. CMRL has also invited tender off late to identify a company that will aid in supplying, installing and commissioning electrical and mechanical systems at the depot. Metro rail is optimistic on getting all these systems in place in about 18 months.
Work is going as per the schedule and looking at the progress rate, officials are hoping to wrap up work on time.