Chennai, India (Metro Rail Today): Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is set to add another 93-km network to the 118-9 km Phase 2 Project by extending its corridors 3, 4 and 5 till Kilambakkam, Parandur and Avadi respectively.
The under-construction Rs 61,843-crore Phase II project has been planned with three corridors — Corridor 3 with 45.8-km from Madhavaram to Siruseri, Corridor 4 covering Lighthouse and Poonamallee (26.1 km) and Corridor 5 connecting Madhavaram to Sholinganallur (47.0 km).
Now, Corridor 4 will be extended till Parandur (50 km), Corridor 5 to Avadi through Thirumangalam and Mogappair (17 km), and Corridor 3 from Siruseri to Kilambakkam Bus Terminus via Kelambakkam (26 km).
CMRL will soon appoint a consultant for conducting feasibility study reports for these extensions and submit a report with recommendations to the authority.
“We have just floated a request for a proposal to select a consultant for these corridors. The consultant will go through the existing reports such as the comprehensive mobility plan, the present transport routes and development plans. The consultant will come back to us with a report in a few months,” said an official.
The feasibility study report will include congestion levels, peak hour travel, travel demand in these corridors for the next 30 years, estimated cost involved to build them, public and private funding needed, social and environmental impact and various other aspects.
There is a plan to extend the metro Rail from Chennai airport to Kilambakkam where a bus terminus is coming up. The CMRL has submitted the detailed project report (DPR) to the State government for approval. This metro link will give the commuters access to the bus terminus from different locations.