The Commissioner of Metro Railways Safety, K A Manoharan, along with his team on Saturday started inspecting the underground stretch of Phase 1 of Chennai Metro Rail, from AG-DMS to Washermanpet.
This will go on till 20-01-2019, after which services will commence on this route. This stretch in the Blue Line of the Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase 1 will be the last section of the 45 km alignment.
Several Civil, operations and system readiness namely OHE height and stagger measurement, Demonstration of fire hydrant at Ramp Area, Demonstration of TVS Jet fans, Ramp Sump pump Inspection and Overview, Measurement of Schedule of Dimensions (SODs), Gauge, level and clearance measurement at every 200m intervals, Demonstration ofPassenger Emergency Telephone (PET), Public Announcement (PAP) and PassengerInformation Displays (PIDS), Lifts and Escalators, HV room and M05 room to name a few will be inspected during the two day inspection.
“The phase one extension project that links Washermanpet with Tiruvottiyur and Wimco Nagar will be open for public by June 2020. Not only that, all the pending safety works in this last line of phase one between AG-DMS and Washermanpet stations will be completed on a war-footing,” Manoharan said.
The inauguration of this stretch will denote the completion of the Rs 14,600 crore phase one project covering a total of 45 km. With phase one inching towards opening, CMRL has gradually shifted focus to the 9-km phase one extension that links Washermanpet with Wimco Nagar and Thiruvottityur.
The contract for the track work has been awarded to Apurvakriti Infrastructure Private Ltd and would take about a year to complete. Nine stations at Washermanpet, Korukkupet, Sir Theagaraya College, Tondiarpet, Toll Gate, Thangal, Gowri Ashram, Tiruvottiyur and Wimco Nagar, will come up according to the plan. The construction would be complete by December 2019.