Metro tunnel likely to be ready ahead of schedule
The city’s first underground metro line is likely to be ready before the December 2016 deadline as it has reached the final stages of inspections.
A trial run with a four-car train was conducted on the 2.7km stretch between Shenoy Nagar and Tirumangalam recently after electrification was completed. Work at the four underground stations is almost complete with minor projects like setting up of emergency stairs and plastering being done. CMRL officials say they e likely to receive an ap are likely to receive an approval from the commissionerate of metro rail safety in the next four months. Getting a safety certification from the commissionerate is a pre-requisite for getting the final goahead to run the services.
The stretch, which will give residents of upmarket lo calities access to the mass transit system, will link Koyambedu through a ramp that in turn will give connectivity to Chennai airport. The elevated stretch between Saidapet and Chennai Airport is also undergoing trial runs.
The first metro rail line was launched in June 2015 was launched in June 2015 with the inauguration of the 10km elevated line between Koyambedu and Alandur.
With the lines between Shenoy Nagar and Tirumangalam, and Saidapet and Airport reaching final stages of approval, officials hope it will increase their patronage.
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