CHENNAI, INDIA (Metro Rail News): URC has gained the tender for constructing CMRL’s largest depot at Madhavaram. The depot will house many trains that will run under phase two. As per the official notification, URC has emerged as the lowest bidder and work is also expected to start from mid-January 2022 and be completed within three years.
The upcoming depot would be the largest one covering an area of 27.8 hectares, even surpassing the already existing facility at Koyambedu, which is spread in 25 hectares of land. The Madhavaram depot will have facilities like inspection lines, a workshop for overhaul, stabling lines, a workshop for carrying out significant repairs of trains, cleaning roofs and interiors of trains, wheel profiling, etc. Around 112 trains are expected to run in Phase-two of the Chennai Metro Project, and they will be so well equipped to be operated driverless. In the initial stage of the metro, the number of coaches will remain three, and by the time, depending on the demand, three more coaches can also be added.
The depot will be responsible for maintaining trains running on two corridors, i.e., Madhavaram-SIPCOT and Madhavaram-Sholinganallur. In addition, for the third corridor of Poonamallee-Light House, a different depot at Poonamallee will be constructed, a joint venture between Varindera Constructions Ltd. and Ukraine based Altis Holding Corporation.