Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. has invited bids from infrastructure firms for the construction of its second depot at Wimco Nagar to support operations and maintenance work on its 54.1 km Phase 1 network.
The new depot, part of the 9 km Phase 1 extension project in north Chennai, will be used to only clean, wash and house trains overnight at 17 stabling lines, and provide ancillary support to the network’s main depot at Koyambedu where all heavy maintenance work will continue to be carried out. The depot will be elevated and is likely to be supported by stilts similar to Delhi Metro’s Jasola Stabling Yard and the upcoming Noida Stabling Yard.
Notice Inviting Tenders – Package ADC-03
CMRL PHASE 1 EXTENSION – WASHERMANPET TO WIMCO NAGAR (under JICA loan agreement ID-P 258)
Construction of elevated depot at Wimco Nagar including RC roof, architectural finishes, plumbing works, signage, auto coach washing plant, security rooms & boundary walls, design of temporary works (scaffolding, staging etc.), traffic diversion, utility shifting and all associated works.
– link to notice
Tender documents go on sale between September 14 – November 11. The last date for submitting bids is November 15 (2 pm) after which they’ll be opened & evaluated for eligibility at 2:30 pm. CMRL would like work to be completed within 540 days (approx 1.5 years) after the contract is awarded.
The new depot’s exact location hasn’t ever been disclosed, but it’s slated to come up close to the Wimco Nagar Railway Station somewhere here –
Here’s a brilliant short video of Chennai’s Koyambedu Depot, recently uploaded by The Hindu, which shows how Chennai’s 42 train-set strong Alstom fleet gets cleaned and washed –
Before you leave, take a tour of the Koyambedu Depot here with lots of images from inside and outside.
For more updates, check out the Chennai section of the The Metro Rail Guy!