CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Chief Minister M. K. Stalin on Wednesday, 30th March, inaugurated the Central Square which is built at a cost of ₹400 crore. The facility is close to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station and its aim is to connect important buildings located in this area.
According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), one of the important aspects of this square is the new subways equipped with escalators. “Thousands of people enter and exit this area everyday and our aim is to make walking and travel for passengers seamless. Many who were earlier using the pedestrian crossing will now switch to the subways,” an official said.
Many transport options such as suburban trains, MRTS services, Metro trains and buses are available for the commuters who land at the railway station. These transport hubs are now interconnected. Important buildings such as Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Victoria Hall and Ripon Buildings are now linked as well with these subways.
Some of the features of this square include pathways for easy walking, a pedestrian plaza with seating arrangements for commuters to rest and relax in between their journey, landscaping with greenery and fountains, revamped bus bays and subways.
An underground multi-level car parking is also coming up as part of this facility which would be able to hold about 2,000 vehicles and this is located opposite the Central Metro station. CMRL is also planning to use a building here as a museum to show commuters how this mass rapid transit took shape and display pictures and miniature machines.