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Finally, Metro tunnelling begins in north Chennai

  • Finally, Metro tunnelling begins in north Chennai

    Summary: At present, two tunnel boring machines have commenced tunnelling from Washermanpet to Korukkupet for a distance of about 1.5 km. This line running from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar to a distance of 9 km is crucial as it promises to benefit commuters in north Chennai. Time-consumingAccording to officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited , work on the underground stretch has been started first as it is time consuming. It is to be noted that the Metro Rail work caused cracks in about 200 buildings a few years ago and were later repaired. Though this project is an extension of phase I which covers 45 km, it has been delayed by several years.

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    Chennai Metro Rail’s phase I extension, the last project that former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated before she died, is beginning to take shape as tunnel boring machines have started boring the earth to create channels for underground network. This line running from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar to a distance of 9 km is crucial as it promises to benefit commuters in north Chennai. The stretch from Washermanpet to Korukkupet is underground and the remaining till Wimco Nagar, elevated. Time-consuming According to officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited , work on the underground stretch has been started first as it is time consuming. At present, two tunnel boring machines have commenced tunnelling from Washermanpet to Korukkupet for a distance of about 1.5 km.

    “We hope to finish it at least before the end of the year or early next year. Work on elevated corridor will also begin soon,” an official said. It will be critical boring underneath these areas as they are congested. It is to be noted that the Metro Rail work caused cracks in about 200 buildings a few years ago and were later repaired.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/finally-metro-tunnelling-begins-in-north-chennai/article17547329.ece


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