The underground stretch has been launched and metro rail is looking for private companies to maintain its expanding facility. It has called for tenders for repair and maintenance of the stations and the elevated and underground systems.
According to the tender, the contractor is expected to conduct repairs, periodically inspect and maintain all elevated and underground stations, the depot at Koyambedu, viaducts on elevated corridors and tunnels in the underground section. The contractor, with 540 days to fulfil the contract, will have to coordinate with operations team, bring in manpower and machinery for the work and will have to document the work and submit a periodic report to Chennai Metro Rail Limited.
CMRL officials said outsourcing repair and maintenance work will not only increase efficiency in running the facility, but also minimise their workload. They can instead focus on expanding the transit facility to the rest of the city . It will also cut down on expenses.
While work on the 45-km phase-1 is nearing completion, metro rail officials are simultaneously focusing on phase-2 of the project which covers 107km, which is double that of phase-1. Metro rail has employed private companies to maintain elevated stations. Staff in charge of ticketing and security at the stations have been outsourced.
Metro rail is also planning to outsource train operations, an idea it has picked up from Mumbai and Hyderabad. Tenders have been floated for this.