FUTURE under progress

Rails from France, coaches from Brazil, tunnelling expertise from China, labour from eastern India — all to give Chennai a world-class public transport system. MEERA SRINIVASAN takes a bird’s-eye view of the city’s metro rail network, expected to be operational by 2014
STATUS: Station structure complete; track-laying in progress

Metro Rail:

KNOW MORE
It is essentially a rapid transit, underground/ elevated/ subway system that seeks to ease commute and save travel time in urban areas battling congestion. Delhi Metro, operational in the capital, is one of the most recent attempts in the country. The first ever Metro in India came up in Kolkata in 1984.

Why metro rail for Chennai?
Rapid expansion of the city and growing traffic volume has resulted in large-scale congestion in the city. Metro Rail seeks to provide commuters a fast, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern, economical and integrated mode of public transport.

KOYAMBEDU

WASHERMENPET

The terminal point where, apart from a station, the Metro Rail depot is also coming up. At the 63-acre depot, space has been earmarked for parking coaches after the day's operations. A 6-floor admin building, nearly complete now, will house the main control room from where the entire 45-km stretch of Metro Rail can be monitored.

What is the estimated cost of the project? Who funds it?
The estimated cost is Rs. 14,600 crore, including escalation, Central taxes and interest during the period of construction, but excluding State taxes and value of vacant state government land. The Central and State governments, together, are expected to contribute about 41% of the total cost. The rest will be met by a loan granted by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
MANNADI

This is the farthest the Metro line goes in the north of Chennai. This is an underground station and two Tunnel Boring Machines sit about 17 m below the ground here. The TBMs will cover about 10 m of the tunnel every day. STATUS: Station work in progress; tunneling has begun
THIRUMANGALAM ANNA NAGAR TOWER ANNA NAGAR EAST SHENOY NAGAR KILPAUK MEDICAL COLLEGE PACHAIYAPPA’S COLLEGE

What are the corridors in Phase-1 of the Chennai metro rail project?
HIGH COURT

NEHRU PARK

EGMORE

CHENNAI CENTRAL
GOVERNMENT ESTATE

INSIDE THE METRO
We zoom in on four crucial points on the Metro Rail network where work is at different stages of completion
LIC

Two corridors with a combined length of 45 km — Corridor I (23.1 km) will run from Washermenpet to airport via Anna Salai and Corridor II (22 km) will run from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount via Koyambedu. The portions from Washermenpet to Saidapet on Anna Salai (Corridor I) and Chennai Central to Thirumangalam (Corridor II) will be underground.

Decongesting arterial roads
The two corridors were decided upon after detailed study of traffic density on Chennai roads. They cover three arterial roads in the city — Anna Salai, EVR Periyar Salai and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai.

THOUSAND LIGHTS CMBT ARUMBAKKAM

GEMINI

DEADLINE
CORRIDOR I
UNDER GROUND- 2015 ELEVATED- 2nd half of 2014

VADAPALANI
ASHOK NAGAR/ KK NAGAR

WORK SITE
“I have come from Bihar, leaving behind my wife and toddler son. It’s really hard, but this is livelihood. They say, a big Metro Rail network is coming up here. Bihar does not have Metro Rail now, but it will be really nice if it comes up there, too”
- Alok Kumar, 27

From the

TEYNAMPET

CORRIDOR II
ELEVATED- 1st quarter of 2014 UNDER GROUND- 2015
CHAMIERS ROAD

SIDCO

SAIDAPET

ALANDUR

LITTLE MOUNT

GUINDY

OTA

ST. THOMAS MOUNT

MEENAMBAKKAM

“What does age have to do with labour? I can eat only as long as I find work to do. I have come all the way from Bhabua in Kaimur district (Bihar) to earn a livelihood”
- Siparsan Ram, 60

CHENNAI AIRPORT

The stretch along this station will have a three-pier design, with the Metro line being flanked by vehicular flyovers on either side. The elevated stretch (St. Thomas Mount-Koyambedu) on this corridor — running for 24 km — will be lit at night. Vadapalani and Arumbakkam are the two stations along the elevated corridor that will be at ground level. Vadapalani station will come up on a built-up area of about 10,000 sq. m. STATUS: Station foundation work on; track-laying in progress

The two corridors of the Metro line will converge here. Passengers can switch from one route to the other at the two-layered station which spans an area of 150 m X 25 m. Trains from Washermenpet, heading southward via Anna Salai, will halt at level one, and those from Koyambedu to St. Thomas Mount, will stop at level two, at a height of nearly 20 m above the ground. STATUS: 80% of station built; track-laying to begin soon
PHOTOS: R. RAGU ILLUSTRATION: SATWIK GADE INFOGRAPHIC: PRATHAP RAVISHANKAR

UNDERGROUND CROSS-SECTION

1.5 m 0.5 m to 1.5 m 1 m to 2 m
(Bigger pipes can go deeper)

CIVIC UTILITIES (Measurements not to scale)

1 m to 4 m
Drainage line

EB cable

Telephone line Water pipe (up to 250 mm diameter)

CONCOURSE LEVEL

8m

METRO LINE

V I D EOS

17 m

http://thne.ws/koyambedu-depot
KOYAMBEDU DEPOT WALK THROUGH

http://thne.ws/koyambedu-station
KOYAMBEDU STATION WALK THROUGH

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