In order to ease conveyance, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) will soon start the installation of power systems keeping in view the nature of work to link North Chennai to Metro trains that is in full swing. With the tender as to the installation of these systems being floated, the 9 km phase-1 extension connecting Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar stretch with the rest of the city’s metro rail network will be on floors by March 2020.
After floating the tender, the CMRL has to take a decision on the firm which can perform services in designing, manufacturing, and installation of overhead equipment (OHE) along the tracks and the integrated power supply required for the functioning of trains and the station.
The role of this firm will be to train the CMRL staff to provide technical and maintenance support. Also, it has to test and commission this critical system. The contractor is expected to complete the work in 18 months. With this in force, North Chennai will link through nine stations, three of which will be underground.
Metro Rail authority said, “After the track work is complete, critical systems like signaling and power supply equipment will be installed. Besides this, the construction of elevated corridor and the depot is also underway.”