CMRL to start construction of Airport-Kilambakkam Metro line next year

Mamta Shah Posted on: 2022-03-07 11:35:00 Viewer: 486 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Chennai

CMRL to start construction of Airport-Kilambakkam Metro line next year

Chennai, India (Metro Rail Today): Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is likely to start construction of 15.3-km long Airport-Kilambakkam Metro stretch by early 2023. The Rs 4,080-crore project will have 12 stations and is likely to be completed by 2026. This line will be passing through important southern suburbs like Tambaram, Irumbuliyur, Peerkankaranai, Perungalathur and Vandalur, will be completed by 2026.

The 15.3-km stretch will be an elevated line along the GST Road, hence the construction is expected to progress at a fast pace. A total of 12 metro stations at Pallavaram, Kothandam Nagar, Chromepet, Mahalakshmi Colony, Thiru. Vi. Ka. Nagar, Tambaram, Irumbuliyur, Peerkankaranai, Perungalathur, Vandalur, Arignar Anna Zoo and Kilambakkam Bus Terminus are planned for this project. 

“Now that we have submitted the detailed project report to the State government, we have to get feedback to make any corrections. Subsequently, there will be discussions on how to take the project forward for getting the approval from the State government and the Centre and more importantly, the funds to execute this work. Once this is done, a detailed design will be made by a firm after which we can float tenders to begin construction,” said a Chennai Metro official said.

As per the detailed project report (DPR), CMRL can possibly start the construction by April 2023 and finish it by April 2026. But deadlines and projected ridership mentioned in the DPR had never been a reality, if Phase I project is anything to go by. Getting the approvals and funding will not be an easy task for the CMRL.

According to DPR, CMRL will operate six-coach trains on the 15.3-km stretch. But the project is an extension of the Phase I project from the Airport station. It is not clear whether CMRL will upgrade the four-coach trains in the Phase I project to six-coach trains before starting the operations. 

"Despite the presence of suburban train line in the southern areas, many commuters were keen to have Metro Rail as it connects some more areas and will be integrated with the upcoming Kilambakkam Bus Terminus. But if the CMRL wants to pull in riders, it has to start feeder services in the neighbourhood which will take the commuters to the station from their residence and vice-versa," said sources. 


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