Just a week after the Union Cabinet gave its nod for the Phase I extension of the Chennai Metro Rail project, it is now known that Afcons Infrastructure Limited will carry out the tunnelling work for the underground stretch. The company has already carried out tunnelling work areas such as Anna Salai, Madras High Court and Saidapet.
The Phase I extension of Chennai Metro Rail will cover a 9-km stretch from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar. The stretch from Washermanpet to Korukkupet will be underground. The rest of the stretch will be elevated. Afcons will start work only after the land acquisition is over.
“It may take sometime for them to begin work as land acquisition is time-consuming. We have already approached the land owners,” an official said. Many land owners have objected to giving away their land for the project. The cost of the project — Rs. 3,770 crore — will be shared by the Governments of India and Tamil Nadu. While the Centre will contribute about Rs. 713 crore, the State will pitch in with Rs. 916 crore and the remaining Rs. 2,141 crore will be met through loans.
The project is likely to be completed in three years.