Underground section expected by 2016 end, says CM J Jayalalithaa


CHENNAI: While the opening of the stretch from Little Mount has made it helpful for travelers going to airplane terminal, there still is an obstacle — travelers will need to change trains at Alandur, where they need to go down one level for the switch. In any case, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa declared that this will change once coordinate network amongst Koyambedu and the airplane terminal is built up. "Soon, coordinate trains will be keep running on the circle line at Alandur so that immediate train associations can be given from Koyambedu to the airplane terminal," said the Chief Minister.

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The legislature has reserved `400 crore for the undertaking, which is prone to take around three years for culmination. The whole hoisted part is presently in operation with the exception of the stretch from Alandur to St Thomas Mount, Jaya noted, including that operations the 1.28 km stretch will start after the compulsory freedom from the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety is acquired.

The underground segment will open up in stages, with the main stage expected for the current year, Jayalalithaa included. "I anticipate the beginning of operations on the underground area, which I am sure will be before the end of 2016," she said. The Metro Rail is wanting to open the whole underground extend from Nehru Park to Koyambedu instead of Shenoy Nagar to Koyambedu.

 "We will open up the whole extend as opposed to confine to Shenoy Nagar," said chief operations Chennai Metro Rail R N Dwivedi. To a question on when the trail run would start on the stretch, he said a few issues like flagging must be sorted out first. Dwivedi included that the stretch will be utilitarian in stages – the last stage would be the Chennai Egmore to Chennai Central stretch.

The line from Koyambedu to Alandur that keeps running for around 10.5 km was introduced by the Chief Minister a year ago. After the opening of the Little Mount–Airport line (8.62 km) on Wednesday, Chennai Metro has somewhat more than 19 km operational – stage I of the Chennai Metro Rail extends for around 45 kms.

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