CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Residents of Ernavur may soon have access to a Metro station, according to a decision by the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd., one more station to be added to the 3,770-crore phase I extension project.
This section currently contains nine stations, the last of which is located in Wimco Nagar. CMRL is building a depot about half a kilometre from the station, which was supposed to be ready by February last year. CMRL has chosen to build a station at this depot, known as Wimco Nagar Depot, with two platforms and a concourse. It will open along with the Tiruvottiyur Theradi station in a few weeks.
“Like the Tiruvottiyur Theradi station, work on this station is currently ongoing. It will most likely be completed in two weeks. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety will inspect both stations simultaneously. While the Tiruvottiyur Theradi will open, it is unclear whether the Wimco Nagar Depot station would open at the same time or a later date,” an official added.
According to sources, security had to be tight because this station was on the depot grounds. “There was a proposal to build a multi-story building over the depot for commercial development. As a result, we decided to convert the platform into a station by combining two platforms. However, it is unclear whether or not this initiative will take off. As a result, we don’t know how many passengers will use it or whether it will be useful. “Only time will tell,” another source added. Meanwhile, the Wimco Nagar Depot may take a little longer to finish.
Chennai Metro Rail has changed train schedules in view of night curfew and Sunday lockdown
Due to the complete lockdown, train services will be suspended on January 9 (Sunday). Starting Thursday, metro trains in Chennai will run from 5.30 a.m. to 9 p.m., rather than 11 p.m., as part of new restrictions, including a night curfew, to curb Covid-19. CMRL said in a statement that the service hours will be from 5.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. However, peak hour train schedules will remain unchanged, with trains running every five minutes during peak hours and every ten minutes during non-peak hours. The last train will leave at 9 p.m. and arrive at the terminal at 10 p.m.