CHENNAI: For the Madurai Metro rail project, phase 1 is set to cover a length of 29 kilometres with 17 stations. More stations are likely to be identified while undertaking the Detailed Project Report (DPR) in the coming months for the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), said official sources.
Meanwhile, as the Detailed Feasibility Report (DFR) has been recently completed by the Balaji Rail Road Systems (BARSYL), the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is set to submit the DFR for approval to the Tamil Nadu government within a week.
A higher official with the CMRL said, “As the DFR has been completed and following several deliberations, we are ready to submit the DFR to the State government within a week. Post the approval from the government, we will be initiating DPR soon, wrapping it up in four to five months duration.”
“For the 29-km distance in phase 1, the route has been planned from Otthakadai through areas like Mattuthavani, Pudur to Tirumangalam in elevated lines. However, due to the presence of the prominent temple in the area, suggestions have also been placed for underground lines near Vaigai River and Periyar bus stand,” added the official.
Subsequently, for phase 2, the proposal includes locations such as Tirumangalam, Madurai Airport, and Therkuvasal ultimately connecting to corridor 1 of phase 1.
The 10 important stations earmarked as per DFR include Otthakadai station, Madurai High Court station, Pudur station, Simmakal station, Madurai junction Metro station, Pasumalai station, Thiru Nagar station, Thoppur station, Kappalur and Thirumangalam Metro stations.
“The number of stations will likely be added during the DPR and the construction. However, of the 17 stations in the 29 km distance, 10 stations in important locations have been earmarked as per the footfall and feasibility,” observed the official.