CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): When you will take the metro to work on OMR in a few years, chances are you’ll see your boss or a coworker whizzing by in their automobile on the road beside you. The elevated metro rail line has been rebuilt to run parallel to the projected elevated IT Expressway, reducing construction and operations costs and allowing the line to be built faster.
With 19 stops, the metro train route will travel 20 kilometres from Nehru Nagar to Siruseri Sipcot. The makeover, which has been authorised by the government, is estimated to save around 250 crores in construction costs and operations costs. Phase 2 of the 118.9-kilometre project is planned to be finished in 2025.
A top CMRL official stated, “Our work on OMR will commence soon. But we do not know when the elevated Expressway will become operational. If we are going to be on level two, future operational costs, including elevators and escalators, will be very high. So, we have redesigned the metro corridor.”
While the 10km stretch from Nehru Nagar to Sholinganallur and most elevated stretches of phase-2 are scheduled to be completed in 2025, the line from Sholinganallur to Siruseri Sipcot might be completed in a matter of months, depending on the contractor’s efficiency.
Commuters can expect a roller-coaster ride on the new line, which begins 15 metres above road level and rises to a maximum height of 25 metres. Starting at Nehru Park, the reconstructed metro line will be in the heart of OMR, with a minimum height of 12m to 15m. On either side of this corridor, the Expressway will run. “The columns will have a diameter of about 1. 2 metres.” As a result, the elevated highway will not affect the width of the OMR service road.
CMRL developed an elevated corridor on OMR that would run on level two above the intended vehicular Expressway on level one when phase-2 was started. However, the intention was to leave some provisions for future construction of the Expressway. “We can complete our corridor with the new design, and the Expressway can be built at any time,” the official stated.
According to experts, the Expressway might potentially add to the number of vehicles on the road. “However, if CMRL provides adequate first- and last-mile connectivity across the stretch, it will encourage car and bike users to park their cars at metro stations and take trains to work,” said Sivasubramaniam Jayaraman of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.