Metro Rail’s Wimco Nagar Depot ready

The Hindu Bureau

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Saturday, 1st April 2023
Page No. 4
Chennai Print Edition

In what could be seen as a step towards increasing the frequency of trains, Chennai Metro Rail will open the Wimco Nagar Depot in a few days.

According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL), if this facility is opened, then trains can be directly taken to Wimco Nagar station from the depot, instead all the way from Koyambedu. “This will help us increase the frequency of train services. Also, more importantly, any minor repair in trains can be done quickly in this depot,” an official said.

This depot was built as part of the Phase I extension project Chennai Metro Rail that operates for a 9-km stretch from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar and is primarily for train maintenance, minor repairs and washing of trains. While the train services took off in the Phase 1 extension project nearly two years ago, only now, the depot is becoming functional.

This depot has 10 stabling lines for trains, inspection lines and a repair line and other facilities needed for maintenance of limited number of trains, the officials said.

On Friday, an automatic train wash plant and a train mobile lifting jack were inaugurated as a first step, in the depot.

Two additional escalators have been installed at Chennai Central Metro Rail Station. Installation of 41 escalators is under way in other stations. Feeding rooms have been opened at Chennai Central, Vadapalani, Egmore, CMBT and Washermanpet stations.

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