When the rain held the city to ransom for a fortnight, Chennai Metro Rail work suffered too.
Parts of the underground stretch from Thirumangalam to Egmore Metro Rail station and from Chennai Central to Saidapet Metro were waterlogged, said workers. While in some areas, tunnels were inundated, in a few others, the stations were.
“It takes a little time to pump out water when it has been pouring incessantly and the entire city is flooded,” one of the workers said.
Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said they had adopted dewatering mechanisms in all stations to pump out water. “We used pumps, ranging from 5 HP to even 50 HP, to drain water from both tunnels and stations. At Chennai Central station, for instance, there was a need to drain out a lot of water. Also, we are helping clear water in various areas across the city that are affected by waterlogging, by deploying the pumps,” an official said.
But, they indicated that such problems would not arise when the stations are commissioned.
While the workers said there had been a delay in carrying out work on some sites, CMRL officials said there was no delay.
Parts of the underground stretch from Thirumangalam to Egmore Metro station and from Chennai Central to Saidapet Metro were waterlogged, said workers