Madhavaram is all set to get Chennai’s largest metro rail train maintenance depot. Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has also invited bids for the construction of the depot. The depot is expected to come up across a 69-acre plot in Madhavaram Milk Colony.
The depot is likely to come up in less than three years. As per the latest tender floated by the government, 19 tenders have been floated by the metro rail corporation for the construction of the 118.9 km phase-2 lines and two depots.
Madhavaram has been chosen for the new depot taking in mind it could both service and maintain a majority of the 112 driverless trains operating on corridor-3 and corridor -5.
Trains that will operate on the planned circular route comprising Madhavarm-MMBT-CMBT-Sholinganallaur-Adyar-Madhavaram are also be included.
Within 150 minutes, this route will also entail a driverless train covering both northern and southern suburbs at one go.
The latest project report reveals that the depot at Madhavaram area will have the following features:
- 37 lines for stabling/parking
- Six inspection lines for six-car trains
- Six workshop lines for six-car trains
All major repair and maintenance work will also be handled by the depot.
The depot will have the infrastructure to maintain the rakes with necessary facilities, including a workshop for overhaul, unscheduled maintenance, including major repairs, wheel profiling, heavy interior, underframe, roof cleaning etc. for the rolling stock (trains) operational on the corridor as well as maintenance facilities for civil-track, buildings, water supply; electrical-traction, signalling and telecommunication; automatic fare collection.
CMRL in total will have four depots, including ones at Koyambedu and Wimco Nagar. Apart from these, property development on an eight-acre land around Wimco Nagar depot and in 29 acre land around Madhavaram depot.