One of the six entry/exits of Chennai Central Metro station — the largest underground station of Metro Rail, sprawling over 70,000 sq.m. — will be located on the land on which the High Court passed orders on Thursday.
The plot of land lies opposite the Central railway station and will be required for urban intermodal integration — linking the Metro Rail to every other form of public transport — and for creating additional facilities, said officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
“There will be a bus bay next to the entry/exit and the facility may function along the lines of the arrangement where buses enter and exit Central railway station. That apart, there will be a ventilation shaft (an air passage to facilitate ventilation underground) and ancillary equipments and buildings required for the working of this station,” said an official.
There will be some space allocated for parking in a basement underneath the land. CMRL plans to create parking space for about 500 cars and 1000 two-wheelers for the Chennai Central Metro station.
“We may also have the airport check-in facility in one of the basement levels here which will allow air passengers to complete the check-in procedures at the station itself,” said another official.