Madurai, India (Metro Rail Today): Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has floated a tender for appointment of consultant for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) of mass rapid transit system (MRTS) in Madurai. The Madurai Metro is planned from Thirumangalam to Othakadai for a distance of 31 km.
"Once the tender is finalised the DPR will be submitted to the government in May. The DPR will give information like traffic study, cost break-up, implementation strategy and social and economic impact of the project," said MA Siddiqui, Managing Director, CMRL.
The Hyderabad-based firm Balaji Railroads System Limited (BARSYL) had submitted the feasibility report of Madurai Metro Rail project in November 2022.
BARSYL has proposed a 31-km metro rail network in Madurai with as many as 20 stations at Thirumangalam, Kappalur Toll Plaza, Dharmathupatti, Thoppur, Thirunagar, Thirupparankundram, Pasumalai, Vasantha Nagar, Madura College, Madurai Junction railway station, Simmakkal, Keelavasal, Therkuvasal, Goripalayam, police commissioner's office, K Pudur, Mattuthavani, Uthangudi, Madurai high court and Othakadai.
An elevated track is planned between Othakadi and Goripalayam, and from Goripalayam to Vasantha Nagar, an underground line is planned. Another elevated line is planned between Vasantha Nagar to Thirumangalam.
"The average cost of building an elevated track is Rs 350 crore per kilometre while an underground line would cost around Rs 800 crore per kilometre," said a senior CMRL official.
"Three car metro trains have been planned and they can run at a scheduled speed of 25kmph and at a maximum speed of 60 kmph. A depot is planned at Thirumangalam, on a 45 acre site," added the official.
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