Remember the 88 Km Phase 2 with 3 new lines that was planned by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL)? As per a new report in the Indian Express, CMRL officials are now exploring the possibilities to further extend it by 35 km to a grand total of 123.7 kms!
Here are the proposed extensions:
Line 3: The 41 km Madhavaram to Siruseri line is proposed to be extended by 9 km from Madhavaram to the residential area of Red Hills which will also help serve the Samuel Nagar, Chettimedu, Alinjivakkam & Puzhal lake areas. Total = 50 km
Line 4: The 14 km Koyambedu to Light House line is proposed to be extended by 11 km from Koyambedu to Poonamalee which will also help to serve the Maduravoyal, Munikrishna Nagar, Madhiravedu & Vanagaram residential areas. Total = 25 km
Line 5: The 33 km Madhavaram to Perumbakkam line is proposed to be extended by 14.7 km from Madhavaram to Wimco Nagar to meet the Blue line which will soon be extended by 9 km from Washermenpet. This extension will help serve the Manali, Harikrishnapuram and Masilamani Nagar areas. Total = 47.7 km
Here’s a map I’ve made which shows these additions in the western & northern parts of the city:
The Detailed Project Report for which a consultant will soon be appointed will reveal whether these additions will be elevated or underground. If this proposal is approved, then by the end of Phase 2, Chennai Metro will have a total of ~177 km of lines! This includes the 45.1 Km Phase 1, 9 km extension of the Blue line to Wimco Nagar and the 123 km Phase 2.
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