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Old September 10th, 2017, 03:53 PM   #21361
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Same news posted by Ganeshcsit.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/60443367.cms

Wimco Nagar depot to help keep metro trains running

CHENNAI: In less than two years, when metro trains start running above and below the crowded stretches of North Chennai, a modern depot at Wimco Nagar will help keep them spic and span.
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (Cmrl) has invited tenders for construction of the depot that will include signage and auto coach washing plant and is expected to be operational by mid-2019. The company winning the tender will have to handle traffic diversion, utility shifting and all associated work during construction. It will be expected to complete the construction in one and a half years.

The depot is planned as part of the 9km Phase 1extension from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar. When the 45km phase is completely operational, more than 42 trains will be operated on the two corridors and Cmrl will need a depot, apart from the one at Koyambedu, to maintain its growing fleet and provide uninterrupted services.

"Every line should have a depot to maintain trains on that stretch. The depot at Wimco Nagar will maintain trains running along the Washermenpet-Airport and Phase 1 extension connecting North Chennai," a Cmrl official said.


The depot, set to come up near the Wimco Nagar railway station, will be one-tenth the size of depots built by the railways, but will have cutting-edge technology for regular upkeep of trains. "It will only deal with low maintenance work on trains. Heavy maintenance will continue to be done at the Koyambedu depot," he said.

The Wimco Nagar depot will have 17 railway lines to bring trains to the stabling shed and will also be used for parking and a few other tasks, including daily cleaning of coaches.
At present, engineers at Koyambedu depot conduct a three-stage service maintenance once in three days. First, the outer body is inspected, followed by a thorough inspection and a detailed check of the critical systems, including braking, traction and the high-voltage systems. Once checked and certified, the trains chugs into an automatic train wash plant.
There are also quarterly, half-yearly and annual maintenance programmes besides an overhauling of each train once in four years.
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Old September 10th, 2017, 06:13 PM   #21362
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Come on CMRL. You're starting to act like a spider that forgot how to weave a web. Please don't build stations that are just a few hundred feet apart with no way to get from one to the other.

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Phase 2 metro rail lines, stations not to merge with MRTS

CHENNAI: A part of Chennai Metro Rail's planned Phase 2 will run parallel to existing MRTS routes and commuters may have to exit metro stations or take a walkway to enter MRTS facilities.
Metro rail officials involved in Phase 2 said stations were planned along OMR, Velachery, Mylapore and Light House where MRTS trains already operated.
"We have made changes in the alignment for Phase 2 in such a way they run close to existing mass transit systems including suburban stations, MRTS facilities and MTC bus depots to ensure a multi-modal facility for commuters," an official said.
"In some metro stations, commuters may have to exit to go to an MRTS station while in a few others, both stations will be connected through a foot over-bridge."
At present, discussions are on for merging CMRL with the existing MRTS facility.

Elevated metro rail lines are planned in the middle of OMR, while MRTS stations are on the side. Stations like Thirumayilai run on an elevated line in MRTS while the planned metro rail facility will be underground.
The facility for easy access between mass transit systems and metro stations in Phase 2 will be similar to that in Phase 1. Stations from Guindy to Airport are either connected through foot over-bridge or entry points to the metro facility are close to existing transit systems. Similarly, stations planned at Chetpet, Nungambakkam, Kodambakkam, Perambur and Villivakkam will run parallel to existing facilities.
However, the Adambakkam MRTS station, under construction, has been merged with metro rail alignment.
"It is too early to plan stations in detail. If required some changes will also be made when construction begins," an official said.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/60415824.cms
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Old September 11th, 2017, 08:21 AM   #21363
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“Construction of Foot over Bridge with escalator and lifts at Two
Locations at Alandur CMRL metro Station and across GST Road at
Km 12/6 of G.S.T Road including various utility shifting works”.

http://chennaimetrorail.org/wp-conte...ator-lifts.pdf
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Old September 13th, 2017, 07:23 AM   #21364
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yesterday was a comedy of errors. My friend had a day off and we went together on a metro binge - here there and a lot of places.

At the vadapalani metro station there is this non functional vending machine(i could sense it the moment i saw it). My friend wanted a guava nector. He said inside the mall it costs 3 times as much. I said these vending machines are an open invite to vandalisms and might not work so u better get it inside forum mall itself. He said it is worth a try and lost 20 bucks. The money did not dispense the product and did not return after cancelling the transaction too.

What infuriated him further was, in the forum mall a waterbottle costs rs.50 and mrp is mentioned as 50!! He like me is an ace whiner cringing about how poor living standards in India is. So he was so angry he paid eventually 70 rupees on a single water bottle, ended up spending 2199 at the O2 spa complaining about how in India merchants, banks why even vending machines loot public's money. O2 spa because he was sick and tired of perpetual disappointments that he wanted a break. Pound is foolish indeed.

After coming out of the spa he went on and on about how the north east massage girl was so courteous and how her skin was so soft and 2200 was fully worth the fee! I should take a short film based on this incident ))
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Old September 13th, 2017, 09:03 AM   #21365
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Courtesy Srini Swaminathan

St Thomas Mount metro line with checkered roof to warn pilots & integrated station and Alandur area





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Old September 13th, 2017, 10:50 PM   #21366
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CMRL plans towering monolith near Central

A 33-storey building, likely to be the tallest in the city, and possibly the State, will soon come up near Chennai Central station. Sources in the Chennai Metro Rail, which is constructing the building, said it will be part of the Central Square project that integrates the Chennai Central Metro station with various other transport hubs and seeks to transform the locality. The towering structure will come up opposite Chennai Central station.

This building will be 150 m high and used for commercial development. “We will call for a tender and lease it out to a concessionaire. The firm will have the choice to use it either as a shopping mall or office space or a combination of both,” an official said.

But before construction, a mammoth task awaits CMRL in obtaining a series of No Objection Certificates (NOC) and planning permissions from several agencies in the city. “We need to get clearances from various agencies, including the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and Airports Authority of India (AAI). Though this structure is quite far from the Chennai airport, we still want to get a certificate from the AAI to avoid any problems in future. Also, an Environment Impact Assessment also needs to be done,” an official said.

Experts said a detailed study is necessary before construction is feasible. S. Rajarathnam, former director of The Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management, Anna University, said, “The city falls under seismic zone III. So it should be designed in such a way so as to be earthquake and cyclone resistant. There are special design rules stipulated by the government on building such high-rise structures. They have to study the soil strata, characteristics and its behaviour during vibrations. If all the conditions are adhered to and the planning permissions are in place, it is possible to build this structure,” he added.

S. Santhanam, former member- Chief Urban Planner, said, across the world, there are high-rise structures which have been beautifully built and the city too needs such buildings. “If they receive all the clearances, which I think they can, it will be nice for the city have such a tall building. Once upon a time, the LIC building used to be tallest. It’s high time we have well-built tall buildings,” he added.

Disaster management expert N. Mathavan said any new multi-storey building near the Chennai Central station will increase the risk during any disaster event. “The Chennai Central Metro Rail station is going to be a crowd-puller. Chennai is already a vulnerable place. The evacuation of people from such a huge building during any disaster event may be challenging in that location. The security risk may also be high,” said Mr. Mathavan.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...le19679300.ece
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Old September 13th, 2017, 10:53 PM   #21367
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One square to link them all

From a 33-storey building to a massive underground parking lot, Chennai Metro Rail has got an ambitious plan ready to develop a mini-commercial intersection in the centre of the city — a Time’s Square of sorts.

After months of work, CMRL’s consultant for ‘Central Square’ — Voyants Solutions — has submitted a detailed study on the design and construction of the project.
The underlying aim of this project is not just to ensure seamless movement from one mode of transport to another but also change the whole atmosphere of the area with beautiful landscaping.

This area will be developed around the Chennai Central station where the largest underground Metro Rail station in the city will come up soon. According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), though the underground Chennai Central Metro rail station will be up and running by early next year, the larger project may take at least two years. “The State has sanctioned ₹400 crore for this project. This place will be transformed for the better when it is finally completed,” an official said.

The project will see the Metro Rail station getting linked with the neighbouring buildings, as well as help commuters access other modes of transport easily. The Metro Rail station will have six entry/exit points leading to the Southern Railway headquarters building, the Park Town Metropolitan Rapid Transit System (MRTS) station, the suburban rail station, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Ripon Buildings. Covered pathways will be constructed for pedestrians to walk from the Metro Rail station to suburban station and Chennai Central station.

Bus stops, auto stands and taxi drop-off points will be added for the smooth movement of vehicles.


There is also a plan to cover the Buckingham Canal and develop a landscape garden with covered pathways. In addition, a landscape garden has been planned in front of Ripon Buildings and Victoria Hall. Some of the statues in the area will be relocated so as to ensure better ‘visual geometry.

A check-in counter will be set up at the Chennai Central Metro Rail station through which air passengers can complete the procedures and head directly to the Chennai airport. For this extensive project to take shape however, Chennai Metro Rail needs to get permission from many agencies.

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Old September 13th, 2017, 11:14 PM   #21368
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33 storied commercial building...!

400 crores includes all these? I really doubt.. Such tall commercial building may need 1000 crores.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 04:55 AM   #21369
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After coming out of the spa he went on and on about how the north east massage girl was so courteous and how her skin was so soft and 2200 was fully worth the fee! I should take a short film based on this incident ))
You don't seem to stop to surprise the forum. I can understand your friend's frustration. We all are most of the times.

But the above is just unwanted comment.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 05:19 AM   #21370
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You don't seem to stop to surprise the forum. I can understand your friend's frustration. We all are most of the times.

But the above is just unwanted comment.
I think he meant it in a strictly professional sense
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Old September 14th, 2017, 06:02 AM   #21371
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For 33 storey building they might plan something like Spencer plaza/Express avenue with facilities like shopping mall/office/hotel. Shopping mall will be filled with crowds if open by 24/7.

But for getting approval and construction it will take lot of time. Let us see whether it will come into reality or not.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 06:36 AM   #21372
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Instead of a big mall to congest that area further, CMRL should try to develop a park or a beautiful colourful fountian to reduce the stress of the passengers who will be criss crossing the area. commericalizing each and every space in a congested area is suicidal and will complicate the rescue services if any mishap occurs.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 06:55 AM   #21373
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You don't seem to stop to surprise the forum. I can understand your friend's frustration. We all are most of the times.

But the above is just unwanted comment.
you are right. I too felt the same. But he has good qualities to write interesting books.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 07:08 AM   #21374
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Two days before, when i travelled in PH road stretch after very long time, I waded in heavy traffic all the way till central from aminjikarai whereas all the metro stations in that stretch were devoid of any serious passenger flow. Something seriously wrong with our public.

Instead of using a convenient mode of transport, they are congesting road much further. I think price alone is not a reason for this low volume. People dont want to walk or spend money on autos to make their travel expensive. They think, travelling in bikes and cars are much cheaper or convenient.

But they are paying for this comfort with their health and serious noise and air pollution.

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Old September 14th, 2017, 09:50 AM   #21375
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any commercial structure especially a 33 storey one is an extremely stupid idea. I can bet that not one company will want to take up space right opposite central station. The future of office space is OMR, GST and Radial Road only. CMRL should focus on metro and not poke its nose in office space development. We have all seen CMDA's disastrous MRTS stations.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 10:05 AM   #21376
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I think he meant it in a strictly professional sense
Whose profession that is? the friend's or the girl's?
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Old September 14th, 2017, 11:42 AM   #21377
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I wish they even plan residential in the proposed tower. A residential cum mall cum office cum hotel would be awesome. The choice of location is awesome. For how long we will drive growth to a place where infra takes atleast a decade to come? Any commercial space should have good connectivity to encourage public transportation and this idea is in right direction. They should make the building iconic in line with the theme (heritage) rather than just a glass box building.

Btw Where is the land available near central square ?
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Old September 14th, 2017, 07:51 PM   #21378
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Here's something I noticed at Karapakkam OMR...

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Old September 14th, 2017, 07:52 PM   #21379
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Hi, Anyone pls share the link to the post that details the steps to upload photos to a post. Thanks!
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