Chennai - MRTS Phase II nearing completion

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    MRTS Phase II nearing completion - The Hindu


    The stretch connects Velachery to Adambakkam

    The stretch connecting Velachery to Adambakkam under Phase II extension of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is likely to be ready by July-August.

    “The laying of tracks, structural installations in this segment and the intermediate stations at Adambakkam and Puzhuthivakkam are nearing completion,” said S. Vijayakumaran, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway.

    The development of this 3.5-km segment under the Rs. 495 crore Phase II extension of MRTS had been bogged down in legal wrangles related to land acquisition in the heavily populated areas through which the elevated line was proposed.

    Once this stretch is opened, it would leave the Railways hoping for a favourable verdict from the court to commence work on the remaining 1.5 km Adambakkam-St. Thomas Mount segment, that has been like the last but most challenging piece of a jigsaw puzzle.

    It is this tiny stretch that has been holding up ambitious plans to evolve a futuristic transportation network that integrated the city’s MRTS, suburban and upcoming Chennai Metro Rail systems at the St. Thomas Mount station.
    Delayed by litigation

    For the last three years, work on the last leg of the MRTS Phase II extension between Adambakkam and St. Thomas Mount has been stalled after a few residents resorted to litigation opposing a changed alignment on the grounds that it ran across thickly populated neighbourhoods. The Railways’ claim is that the displacement of residential properties would be minimal as the MRTS line was proposed along elevated girders that rise at least 12 metres above the road surface.

    The three-tiered St. Thomas station with four platforms was being given a massive Rs. 120 crore upgrade that would transform it into a hub for inter-modal transportation, officials said. Under the plan for facilitating smooth crossover between modes of travel, it is proposed to operate MRTS services on level one at Mount station, Metro Rail on level two and suburban as well as a few express trains on level three.

    “However, there is a concern that any further delay in the MRTS extension project could lead to scrapping of the final phase leaving a dead-end at Adambakkam,” a senior railway official said.
     
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    Chennai: : A Metro train during a trial run in Chennai on Friday. PTI Photo
     
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    Why's Chennai getting a Metro ? Is it viable ?
    Why not first improve the basic public transport system with CNG Buses instead of a lavish Metro ?
     
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    Traffic volumes on the roads have also been increasing enormously and day by day more and more vehicles are becoming part of that traffic and with this even increasing pollution and Metro is the best pay to provide a fast, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern and economical mode of public transport.
     
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    Palani-Tiruchendur train service via Madurai flagged off - The Hindu


    Trial run between Palani and Pollachi within two months

    Trial run on the newly laid broad gauge track between Palani and Pollachi would be conducted within two months, Union Minister for Shipping G.K. Vasan said on Sunday.

    Flagging off the new passenger train (No.056769) to Tiruchendur at Palani railway station, as announced in the Railway Budget 2013 -14, he said the Commissioner for Rail Safety would inspect the new track.

    Commissioning of signal system was at the final stage, and the work was in progress in the Pollachi section, he said. After the gauge conversion work was completed, Dindigul-Palani passenger train was introduced in 2011, and Palani-Chennai express train was launched in 2013.

    The Palani-Tiruchendur train would cover four of the six abodes of Lord Muruga (arupadai veedu). The government was keen on improving infrastructure facilities for the benefit of pilgrims visiting the temple. Laying of separate walkers’ path between Dindigul and Palani was under way, Mr.Vasan noted.

    The members of Passengers’ Association said office-goers expressed their happiness over the train timings. “The train that departs at 9.15 a.m. will be of no use to us. Now, we have three services in the morning and two services in the evening,” they added.

    The passenger train will leave Palani station at 7.20 a.m., reach Dindigul at 8.45 a.m. and leave the station at 8.50 a.m.

    The train which will arrive at Tiruchendur at 4 p.m. will stop at Chathirapatti, Oddanchatram, Akkaraipatti, Dindigul, Ambathurai, Kodai Road, Sholavandan, Madurai, Tirupparankundram, Tirumangalam, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Kadambur, Vanchi Maniyachchi, Naraikinaru, Talaiyuthu, Tirunelveli, Palayamkottai, Seydunganallur, Thathankulam, Srivaikundam, Alwathirunagari, Nazareth, Kachchanavilai, Kurumbur, Arumuganeri and Kayalpattinam.

    In the return direction, the train (No.056770) will leave Tiruchendur at 10 a.m. and reach Palani at 7.20 p.m. It arrives at Dindigul at 5.35 p.m. and leaves the station at 5.40 p.m. The fare from Tiruchendur to Palani is Rs.60.

    Tuticorin MP S.R. Jayadurai flagged off Tiruchendur–Palani passenger train at Tiruchendur at 10.40 a.m.
     

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