CHENNAI, INDIA (Metro Rail News): While the construction of Phase 2 municipal railway corridors has just begun in some areas, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has begun purchasing the necessary equipment for non-driving trains to repair 118.9 KMs of lines in less than five years.
In October, CMRL floated four tenders to purchase track tracks, high-performance communications and other programs needed to monitor remote control and efficiency of trains. In addition, during the government’s budget, it was announced that the Phase-2 municipal railway project would be completed by 2025 at the approximate cost of Rs. 1100 Crores.
Already, pre-construction and ground construction has begun within the city and suburbs connected by tunnel three from Madhavaram to Siruseri Sipcot and tunnel four from Light House Poonamallee.
“The 2025 deadline is being emphasized at all meetings and every effort is being made to meet the deadline,” said officials.
Major tenders floating in October include 5-track tracks between CMBT and Elcot, passage three between Sholinganallur and Sipcot, and stopping or parking trains after daily service. In addition, tenders also floated for the acquisition and installation of OHE, which will provide electricity to non-motorized trains, three lanes between Madhavaram Milk Colony and Sholinganallur and passage five from Madhavaram to CMBT and the Madhavaram depot.
Other tenders include the design, installation, and authorization of telecommunications systems required to operate trains and other systems such as SCADA or surveillance control and data acquisition. This software allows remote monitoring and control of all systems.
The procurement comes when stacking on the ground to build the foundation pillars of the proposed lines has begun in Porur, and early construction work has begun in other areas, including Poonamallee and Purasaiwalkam Thiruvanmiyur, Adyar and Royapettah. More than half of the 19 floating construction tenders are awarded or in the final stages, and some are in various stages of the process.