COIMBATORE (Metro Rail News): Two years after a metro rail project for Coimbatore was announced by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in the assembly, the private consulting and engineering company entrusted to conduct the feasibility study of the project has submitted its report to the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
Once the state government gives its nod for the study, a detailed project report (DPR) would be prepared working out the nitty-gritty of the project as well as the financial outlay.
The private company, Systra Group, has also approached the district administration and the city municipal corporation to furnish details about development work to be implemented in the city and state highways, national highways roads and national highways authority of India (NHAI) roads.
According to sources, the state government is planning to construct a flyover from Uppilipalayam to SITRA for a stretch of 10.6km. The state highways and national highways departments are at present carrying out many road works and flyover work in the urban and rural areas of Coimbatore. Based on the details provided by the district administration and the corporation, the private company would prepare the DPR.
A senior officer of CMRL said, “After the respective departments furnish the information to the private engineering company, it would prepare a detailed project report (DPR).” The DPR will include possible routes of the metro rail. Besides the routes, a DPR will have details on the estimated budget, alignment, number and names of stations, elevated or underground corridors and other requirements to build the facility.
As per the feasibility study, the metro rail would be implemented in four corridors in the city with a total distance of 136km. While the first corridor would start from Ukkadam and end at Kaniyur covering 26km, the second corridor would cover 24km from Ukkadam to Pilichi near Karamadai on Mettupalayam Road. The third corridor would cover 42km from Thanneerpandal on Thadagam Road to Karanampettai on Trichy Road and the fourth corridor would to 44km from Karunya Nagar to Ganeshapuram.
The corridors were planned based on vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the city’s main roads including Trichy Road, Sathyamangalam Road, Avinashi Road, 0and Mettupalayam Road.