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Old May 14th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #161
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Thanks civilian.
I also think that the circle pillars might be for the stations.
The velachery station looks pretty big.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:38 AM   #162
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Notice issued to company for delaying work on three MRTS stretches

“Hurdles in land acquisition, escalating prices of steel and cement have contributed to delay”


NO PROGRESS: Work on the Mass Rapid Transit System on the Inner Ring Road leading to St.Thomas Mount has come to a standstill.

CHENNAI: The Metropolitan Transport Project (Railway), Chennai, implementing the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), on Friday issued a notice to Maytas Infrastructure for delaying work on three stretches of the MRTS.

Sources in the MTP told The Hindu that they found the pace of work on the MRTS contracts awarded to it, unsatisfactory and therefore issued a notice. The decision on this notice was taken following the review of an action plan submitted by Maytas earlier, which it had not adhered to.

Maytas has contracts for completing substructure work on three stretches of the Velachery-St.Thomas Mount extension work of MRTS, construction of the new station at Mundagakanniamman Koil and improvement works in other stations between Thirumailai and Velachery. Southern Railway has awarded a total of Rs.250-crore worth contracts to Maytas, including these.

Chief Public Relations Officer of Southern Railway Neenu Ittyerah said the delay in project work awarded to Maytas was affecting their expansion plans. “The progress of work on the Velachery-St.Thomas Mount extension of MRTS is essential to expand public transport services to residents in the southern suburbs,” she said.

Sources in the MTP said the progress of work by Maytas had been satisfactory till last December. However, following the case of corporate fraud committed soon after by the promoters of Satyam Computer Services , who are stakeholders in Maytas as well, their project performance suffered. “The accounts of Maytas were frozen, which meant they could not pump in money into the projects or pay workers on time,” MTP sources said.
Causes for delay?

However, Maytas Infrastructure spokesperson Anil Uttarwar maintained that Maytas and Satyam were separate entities and the progress of infrastructure projects it held would not be affected. He added that hurdles in land acquisition and escalating prices of steel and cement also contributed to the delay in completion of various MRTS projects at different points in time.

Southern Railway is aiming at completing the Velachery-St.Thomas Mount extension work by 2011, officials said. “Once completed, the MRTS station will be a walking distance from home. Right now I have to take my bike every day to reach the Velachery station,” said Ct. Shanmugam, a commuter from Adambakkam who works in George Town.
Incomplete works

The incomplete works in MRTS stations such as Indra Nagar and Mandaveli are causing much inconvenience, said passengers.

“In many stations only one of the several exits can be used. Also, the toilets are closed, there are no garbage bins available and the corridors are dark and unkempt in the evenings,” said R.Surya, a commuter using the Mandaveli station.

He said if the pending works were completed, the authorities could pay closer attention to the upkeep of the stations.

MTP sources said the new Mundagakanniamman Koil station between Thirumailai and Light House would be ready by September this year and other improvement works in stations would also be over by then.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/05/16/stor...1659060300.htm
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Old May 20th, 2009, 07:18 AM   #163
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MRTS :Velachery to mount construction update from dinakaran



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Dinakaran says work is progressing faster?????????????
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Old May 20th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #164
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yes.. the work has gained momentum recently. But still I doubt whether they'll be able to complete it within time frame!
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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:38 AM   #165
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Very long way to go.... Dont know what's the plan on alignment in thickly populated areas of Adambakkam.... I guess no works started there so far.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:17 AM   #166
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yeah from my friends i heard that work has started and is progressing only till puzhutivakkam. No work has started on the adambakkam stretch.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:03 AM   #167
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MRTS near STPI (Software Technology Parks of India)

Tidel Park can be seen in the background



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Old May 22nd, 2009, 11:49 AM   #168
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Well that's an awesome pic...
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Old May 26th, 2009, 10:05 AM   #169
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Wow .. sexy pic.
Wish the train was newer ...
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Old May 28th, 2009, 05:40 PM   #170
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Old May 28th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #171
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wow, Excellent pics and nice coverage. Good work @ Indian Sun
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Old May 29th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #172
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thanks indian sun for pictures

But Velacherry looks be deserted! Did you travel on any public holiday?
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Indian Sun .. Awesome pics.
More pictures from the St.Thomas Mt extension .. I took a walk on 2th May along the construction site and ended up in Vanuvampettai, Adambakkam n finally St.mt. By the side of the suburban station there seems to be enough space for the construction of the proposed metro cum mrts station. But the stretch from Adambakkam till there is a nightmare .. lots of small houses and shops. Getting their land is going to be a big problem.

Some progress in construction though, but not much. Though I'd gone at around 4:30 pm, there were not more than 30 workers on the whole, at different parts of the site. Looked more like they were on a vacation .. Or the majority may've left for tea.





















The piles aren't for stations. They're strewn around the points where pillars haven't come up yet .. Dunno why. Or they serve as the foundation for each pillar ..

















That's how the new pillars should look like once they're completed














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Concrete bein poured ..


That's probably the most incredible thing i've seen ..




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The piles aren't for stations. They're strewn around the points where pillars haven't come up yet .. Dunno why. Or they serve as the foundation for each pillar ..




Nice coverage civilian and neat pictures without any blurred images and stuff.

Yup. They are the tripod piles for the foundation. Traditional method and little costlier than micropiles and others.

But they're easy to mobilise to the construction site and are very efficient and hence widely used.
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Nice job civilian

@ Kewl : Thanks

@ Arul : Not a public holiday...it was on thursday around 3 pm. There had been some problem ( delay ) in train departure in the Velachery station earlier that day and people had taken to buses....
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Thanks for the info Kewl Batty .. I'm supposed to have studied piles a year ago
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MRTS CHENNAI PHASE II EXTENTION [VELACHERY-ST. THOMAS MOUNT]

there are news going around that earlier proposal to keep MRTS Station at Puzhuthivakkam is getting changed and two MRTS station will be at Adambakkam and third will be at St. Thomas Mount. It is heard that next to Velachery station will be between drainage pumping station and Jain Temple - this area comes adj. to burial ground. Is there any change from original plan. Whether contracts have been awarded for Station Arch. design for Puzhuthivakkam/Adambakkam MRTS station. Please post details on MRTS Phase II extention
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Chennai MRTS Phase II extention progress

whether S.Rly. awarded contracts for Station Design for Puzhuthivakkam, Adambakkam and St. Thomas Mount - progress of work almost standstill - Whether S.Rly. waiting for budget presentation
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DUDE.

We aren't employees with southern railways, nor do we have sources within it feeding us info all the time. Most of the news here is taken from newspaper sites n other references .. If you want minute by minute updates of the project this isn't the place
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