TAMIL NADU (Metro Rail News): The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) officials have announced that the detailed project reports (DPRs) for the proposed Coimbatore and Madurai Metros will be finished by the end of June. The CMRL was assigned the task of hiring consultants to prepare feasibility reports and DPRs for constructing mass rapid transit systems in these two cities due to the increasing traffic congestion.
In the feasibility report, it was suggested that a 31-kilometer network be established in Madurai to connect Othakadai with Tirumangalam. Similarly, for Coimbatore, a stretch of 40 kilometers was proposed, which would consist of two corridors in phase I. The first corridor would run from PSG Foundry to Ukkadam Bus Stand, and the second corridor would connect Collectorate to Valiyampalayam Pirivu.
For Madurai, the State government received the feasibility study a few months ago, and the DPR work started after additional instructions from the government. Although the feasibility report and the DPR were finished in the instance of Coimbatore, officials in the State government had conversations and determined that a number of adjustments needed to be made. As a result, the DPR was re-modified and started some months ago.
Over the past few months, CMRL officials have conducted discussions with stakeholders from various departments in both cities. According to officials, the DPR project is almost finished, and the reports will be ready by the end of this month. Once submitted to the State government and approved, the next steps such as land acquisition, utility diversion, and construction work can begin in the upcoming years.