Mega block at St.Thomas Mount yard today for launching of Steel Girders for MRTS Phase II extension between Velachery – St.Thomas Mount
Three Steel girders successfully launched today– Three more to be launched tomorrow
A dedicated team of 100 engg. crew and 6 Cranes deployed for the work
St.Thomas Mount to become a multi-modal transport hub soon
The Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) corridor in Chennai City has been providing quicker, hassle-free, safer and comfortable transport solutions to 2 lakh rail users daily.The MRTS Phase II Extension project of MRTS covering a route length of 5 Km from Velachery to St.Thomas mount is nearing completion. As part of this significant infrastructure work, the launching of Steel girders on Rail Over Rail Bridge is being carried out at St. Thomas Mount yard.
Launching of Steel Girders on Rail Over Rail Bridge
Today, three steel girders (of the six girders) were successfully launched at St.Thomas Mount yard. These girders were launched across the existing running lines in the Chennai Egmore-Tambaram section. The girders were of 50 m length and 3.1 m height each.A dedicated team of 100 engg. Crew and six Cranes deployed for the work.The remaining three girders will be launched tomorrow (1st November 2023).
These girders will form base for the railway line connecting to the St. Thomas Mount station, the new terminal station of the Phase II MRTS and it will be a marvelously engineered Rail Over Rail (RoR) bridge running above the existing railway lines. CMRL’s Phase-2 metro line from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur will run above the new line of MRTS phase-II at St. Thomas Mount.
The six steel girders will be connected with cross bracings in the following week. The casting of concrete slab connecting all girderswill be done subsequentlyand CMRL is expected to erect their girders above this structure by the year end as part of their Phase-II project.
Benefits of MRTS Phase-II project
·St. Thomas Mount is poised to become an important hub for intermodal transport in Chennai city connecting MRTS, Suburban and CMRL lines
·Ease of travel from the outskirts of Chennai to the heart of the city
·Scope for seamless migration from and to all modes of transport including Suburban, Metro and MTC buses
·Cheaper fares on MRTS and Suburban to attract more rail traffic
Mega line/power block to facilitate engineering works
To pave the way for this significant infrastructure work, a 5-hour mega line/power block has been announced by the Chennai Division of Southern Railway from today, 31st October 2023 to 3rd November 2023.
A total of 53 EMU services were fully cancelled and two pairs of Express trains were partially cancelled in Chennai Egmore-Villupuram section to facilitate the launch of girders between 10.45 hrs to 15.45 hrs today. 8 pairs of special EMU services were operated between Tambaram and Chengalpattu for the benefit of passengers.
On the following 3 days, ie. from 1st November to 3rd November 2023, 9 EMU services (each) will be cancelled on all the three days between 22.55 hrs-02.55 hrs to facilitate the crucial infrastructure work while 3 Express trains will be partially cancelled between Chennai Egmore and Tambaram& one Express train will be diverted. (Refer Press release No.PUB/MAS/10/25dt.30.10.2023 & No.PUB/MAS/10/26 dt. 31.10.2023)
The MRTS Phase-II from Velachery to the project is being executed by Southern Railway at an estimated Cost of 734.01Crores. The cost of the project is shared by Railways and Govt. of Tamilnadu in the ratio 1:2 respectively. MRTS Phase II extension traverses along the middle of Inner Ring road for 4.35 km and then passes through the well developed area for 500 m to connect with existing St.Thomas Mount Station in the suburban network of Beach to Tambaram. Station buildings for Phase-II of MRTS at Puzhidhivakkam, Adambakkam and St.Thomas Mount have been constructed for seamless connectivity with the existing Suburban network.