Once operational, the Corridor-II will connect Central Railway Station and Egmore Railway Station, the two major railway stations in the city, to the major bus station Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu and from there to the International Airport at Meenambakkam. The Blue Line between Koyambedu and Alandur, connecting the Airport has already been operational.
This would enable the commuters to travel across the city to reach other modes of transport comparatively in a lesser timeframe. It is expected to take another four to six months to complete work in the stretch where the trial run has been conducted, before opening it up for full-fledged operation, said the officials.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit in his first address in the Tamil Nadu Assembly earlier this month said that the remaining part of the underground sections of the 45 kilometer Phase-I stretch of the Chennai Metro Rail Project will be operational in stages by the end of 2018.
The Phase-I extension, covering a length of nine kilometre from Washermenpet to Thiruvotriyur / Wimco Nagar, is also under implementation. Three more metro rail corridors covering a total distance of 107.5 kilometres under Phase-II of the Chennai Metro Rail Project at an estimate of Rs 799.62 billion (Rs 79,962 crore) have been approved and recommended by the State Government to the Government of India for obtaining external aid, he said.
According to sources, work on the Chennai Metro Rail started in 2009 and original the estimated cost was around Rs146 billion (Rs 14,600 crore) for the Phase-I, but it was increased to Rs 200 billion due to delay owing to various reasons.