The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is back in news but not for the right reasons. The CMRL is behind schedule. This was attributed to the delay in the construction process by one of its contractors, CCCL. However, a spokesperson from CMRL assured that the issue has been since settled. In order to avoid further glitches, CMRL has handed the project to four separate contractors - Thiruchitrambalam, URC, Saraswati Engineering Constructions and NCC Ltd. On the positive side, the Phase I of the project that covers about 45 kilometres, is nearing completion and one can expect the elevated sections of this route to commence from this October and the underground service from 2016. The project was awarded the best upcoming Metro Rail Operator for the year 2014 at the 3rd Annual Metro Rail Summit organised by ITP Publishing organisation at Gurgaon, Delhi. The project will be the first in India to implement platform screen door in all of its underground stations. The door acts as a partition between the platform and the train, providing safety and saving energy.
The entire power supply for the Rs.14,600 crore project is to be provided from three 230-KV power supply system at Koyambedu, Alandur and Central. The one at Koyambedu has started supplying power, while the rest are under construction. Though CMRL doesn’t have any plans for station branding as of now, property development and advertising are on its cards. It has even built 4 floors for commercial space at the Ashok Nagar station to boost revenue.
We await with bated breath the arrival of the metro that should change city travel as we know it.