Chennai: Heading to a metro station using subways at busy junctions is set to become become hassle-free as CMRL is planning to renovate existing pedestrian subways near its stations with additional facilities .
Pedestrian subways already existing near two stations – Central metro station and Kilpauk metro station – will soon have elevators and escalators. Tenders have been floated to install these amenities in the subways. While the existing ones will be renovated with proper lighting facilites, more subways are planned near Central metro station, as it will become an underground transit hub.
“We already have these facilities in all metro stations. Now, we are planning to have the same in the pedestrian subways located near our stations,” an official said.
The company that takes up the contract would be expected to design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission the utilities in the subways. They will also have to employ trained staff to operate these facilities while also undertake maintenance to ensure their proper functioning. At the Central metro station, CMRL is attempting to reduce pedestrian flow on the road with a plan to construct four subways connecting four corners of the busy Poonamallee High Road.
Another subway that will give access to Central railway station from the bridge opposite is expected to be ready next year. Two more subways will be built by the company that will take up contract for the construction of Central Square.
One will connect Chennai Central railway station and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, the other will link the hospital to Flower Bazaar Road. All four subways will have elevators and escalators that will be powered by solar energy. Once all four subways are opened, the existing one near Chennai Central will be closed.
“We hope this will reduce traffic jams to a great extent, as pedestrians will take the subways. With escalators and elevators in these subways, it will be more convenient for pedestrians to use the facility,” an official said.