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Chennai Metro Rail is all set to begin work in the phase I extension from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar. The Centre recently gave its approval for the project.
Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, during his visit to the city after the floods, announced that he had approved the project and it has now been sent to the Finance Ministry for its clearance.
Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited said they have called for tenders for the construction of underground station structures at Sir Theagaraya College and Korukkupet stations.
Of the 9 kilometres of the extension, the stretch from Washermanpet to Korukkupet will be underground and beyond that, trains will run on an elevated corridor till Wimco Nagar.
Sometime ago, CMRL officials started work for appointing a design consultant who will prepare detailed drawings and design for architectural and civil works for stations along the alignment.
This process was started even before the approval was given so that they could save time and begin construction process once they got the nod.
The project, estimated to cost around Rs. 3,000 crore, got its approval from the State government in 2010 after soil tests were conducted.
After five years of construction, the first service of Chennai Metro Rail from Koyambedu to Alandur was commissioned only in June.
From: The Hindu