The entire project, estimated to cost Rs 14,000 crore, consists of two corridors

With the Chennai Metro Rail Limited planning to open the elevated stretch between Koyambedu and St.Thomas Mount by 2013, things are moving fast.

After awarding tenders for design and construction of three elevated viaducts (excluding stations) from Koyambedu to Ashok Nagar, Ashok Nagar to St.Thomas Mount and from Saidapet to Officers Training Academy, the company on Monday awarded tenders for design and construction of 10 elevated stations.

The Consolidated Construction Consortium won the tender for all elevated stations in the face of stiff competition among 11 bidders. The stations are Koyambedu, CMBT, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok Nagar/K.K Nagar, Little Mount, Guindy, Alandur, O.T.A., and SIDCO.

While one tender is for Rs.139.54 crore for Koyambedu, CMBT, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, and Ashok Nagar/K.K Nagar stations, the other is for Rs.94.99 crore for Little Mount, Guindy, Alandur, O.T.A., and SIDCO stations.

The project, estimated to cost Rs 14,000 crore, consists of two corridors. The first from Washermenpet to the airport, a distance of 23.1 km, and the second on a stretch of 22 km from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount. Construction work, which started in early 2009, is expected to be fully completed by February 2015. The company has already prepared a work chart for the current financial year and allotted Rs.2,000 crore, according to a company official.