CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): After the government started allowing economic activities with easing lockdown restrictions, the work to build the 118.9km phase-2 metro corridors of Chennai Metro in packages has gained some speed. The Chennai Metro Rail Corporation (CMRL) has floated tenders for an 8km elevated line between Porur Junction and Poonamallee bypass, instead of an earlier proposed monorail project.
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The stretch is part of the 26km corridor-4 from Light House to Poonamallee Bypass, which will be built for an estimated Rs 2,671 crore funded Asian by Infrastructure Investment Bank. Phase-2 will have 118.9km across three corridors with 128 stations, to be built at a cost of Rs 69,000crore. Construction for a 52 km stretch of the phase is likely to begin before the year-end and is to be ready by 2024-25.
The tender seeks a company that can build the elevated corridor with nine stations within three years. The stations are Chennai bypass crossing, Ramachandra Hospital, Iyyappanthangal bus depot, Kattupakkam, Kumanan Chavadi, Karayan Chavadi, Mullai Thottam, Poonamallee Bus terminus and Poonamallee bypass as well as the approach to the depot to come up at Poonamallee.
“When we float tenders, companies may want to visit the site before they participate and that is difficult given the situation. We are getting all the paperwork ready, so we will begin to float them as the situation improves,” a Cmrl official said.
Corridor 4 from Light House to Poonamallee cuts across the core part of the city linking several localities with the developing outskirts. Mylapore, Nandanam, T Nagar, Kodambakkam and Vadapalani will be connected to the developing IT hub in Porur and places such as Iyyappanthangal, Kattupakkam and Poonamallee, which are not connected properly as of now.
The works of CMRL which seems to be affected by the pandemic is now expected to gain pace after the announcement of the tenders. More developments are going to take place within months, an official said