The MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System) services are likely to be extended to Adambakkam by mid-2012.

This emerged following a high-level coordination committee meeting on Thursday. Various issues concerning the extension of service from Velachery were discussed threadbare and officials of many agencies, including Chennai Corporation, Railways, PWD, CMDA, promised to resolve them by improving coordination. The meeting agreed on the rearrangement of the layout of the Inner Ring Road beneath the proposed Adambakkam MRTS Station. It was decided to maintain the road width there at 26 metres, against the 30.5 metres, on other stretches of the IRR. As a result, the stretch below the station would be a four-lane road, whereas the rest of the IRR would be six-lane. The decision would avoid the need for acquisition of more land by the Highways.

According to officials, the decision to rearrange the layout of the IRR has cleared the bottlenecks in the partial completion of phase II of MRTS. However, extension of the MRTS up to St.Thomas Mount may take time on account of court cases.

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