CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): As the nationwide lockdown along with least imports in the past months due to COVID-19 has affected the progress of the works but Chennai Metro is hopeful to complete the corridor by later this year.
The north Chennai metro line with a distance of 9 Km which was proposed to be operational by June is now running under a delay due to pandemic and the officials are hopeful that it will come into use by this year’s end.
The final phase of work at the site from Washermen pet to Wimco Nagar in 9 Km phase – 1 line was stopped in March when the central government announced a nationwide lockdown further hampering the progress of the work. When the COVID outbreak started in Europe and several countries went under lockdown, it had a greater impact on the metro development in India as most of the projects rely upon the imports from European nations and China.
The lockdown in these countries thus delayed the progress of the works also of Chennai Metro.When the wide lockdown was imposed, most of the workers either left for their villages or migrated to their home states which created a situation where authorities face crunch of labour supply.
The lifting of the lockdown also has not improved the situation as the COVID-19 scenario has deteriorated most of the works. However, the Chennai Metro is working effectively to complete the things and the proposed corridor may get operational by November – December this year if the things go well, sources said.