CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): On Wednesday, the tussle between Southern Railway and Chennai Metro Rail came to light on when the railways threatened to stop vehicles from entering the parking lot of Egmore metro station. They accused Metro Rail of taking over railway land without proper documents and using it as a parking space.
On Tuesday, the Chennai Division office of Southern Railway sent a letter to Metro Rail asking them to stop parking vehicles in this space. Sources said Metro Rail has no proper documents to prove ownership for this land.
A notice sent by Southern Railway was also stuck at the entrance of the station on Wednesday. Metro Rail has been asked to meet with Railways on December 26, to clarify this issue.
An employee said, around 700 scooters and 40 plus cars are parked here every day and generate a revenue of 20,000 to Metro Rail.”Though the number of passengers who use this station is not relatively less, many utilize the parking space like a suburban station, bus stop, and central station is close by”.
An official said, Metro Rail officials said negotiations are on with Southern Railway and denied that the land is being used illegally. “We had a similar issue with the Airport Authority too but came to a consensus later. We have all the necessary documents that will be submitted to the railways soon. Parking will continue as usual”.