CHENNAI: A 26km metro rail corridor from Light House to Poonamallee could get ready much before the rest of Phase 2 corridors, as preliminary work is in full swing with CMRL identifying a firm to lay tracks through some of the city’s busiest areas.
The stretch will link some of the city’s core localities such as Mylapore, T Nagar and Vadapalani with popular but poorly-connected western suburbs such as Porur and Poonamallee. Recently, IRCON International, which is under the Indian Railways, was identified as the lowest bidder for a tender to lay tracks along the corridor. The corridor is part of the 118.9km three-corridor Phase 2 metro rail project, which has a 2025 deadline.
CMRL officials had already given priority to get the stretch between Porur and Poonamallee on the Light House-Poonamallee corridor ready first, with work on an elevated line and a viaduct already having taken off. An official said tunnelling for Phase 2 is likely to begin by October 2022. The Light House-Poonamallee corridor will have 18 elevated stations and 12 underground stations.
“All our efforts are focused on completing the line by 2025. The deadline is stressed upon in every meeting,” an official said.
An official said once the contract is awarded for the laying the tracks, the contractor will have to supply, install, test and commission the tracks and complete all work in underground and elevated sections in four years and four months.
Once the line is ready, travel will be a breeze as it will take just a little over an hour for commuters to reach Poonamallee from Light House on a metro train. The line will link some central city localities like Marina Beach, Mylapore, Boat Club, Nandanam, T Nagar, Vadapalani, Saligramam with western suburbs like Porur junction, Valasaravakkam, and Poonamallee.