Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), which conducted a feasibility study for the Coimbatore metro rail project, has decided to create a fifth corridor to connect Vellalore and Ukkadam. It has also identified two places, at Press Colony near Periyanaickenpalayam and Chinniyampalayam, to station the trains.
Earlier, CMRL had selected engineering and consulting firm Systra to conduct feasibility study for implementing the project in the city, which suggested four corridors.
- The first corridor would be 26-kilometre long between Ukkadam and Kaniyur.
- The second would cover 24 kilometres between Ukkadam and Bilichi near Karamadai on the Mettupalayam Road.
- The third corridor will cover 42 kilometres between Thanneerpandal on Thadagam Road and Karanampettai on Trichy Road and
- the fourth will cover 44 kilometres between Karunya Nagar and Ganeshapuram.
Now, CMRL has decided to create a fifth corridor, which will be 11 kilometres long, to connect the integrated bus stand to be constructed at Vellalore at an estimated cost of 178.26 crore, to Ukkadam. “After shifting the bus stand to Vellalore, metro train service from Vellalore to Ukkadam would help commuters reach the city easily,” an official said.
CMRL has identified a plot at Press Colony that belongs to the Union government to station metro trains, apart from a place at Chinniyampalayam. “After getting financial sanction for land acquisition, the revenue department will help CMRL acquire the lands to station the trains,” the official added. The private firm had submitted details of the development work to be implemented in the city for the metro project to the district administration and the city corporation last November.