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Trisoolam station-airport subway to be opened next month

P.Oppili

CHENNAI: A new subway, connecting the Trisoolam railway station and the Chennai airport, will be opened next month.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials said a large part of the work had been completed. Once the entire work was completed, the subway would be thrown open to the public.

The subway measuring 74.5 metres in length will have a lift on the airport side.

T. R. Baalu, Union Minister of Surface Transport and Shipping, told The Hindu that the lift had been provided mainly to help the senior citizens going from the airport to the railway station and vice-versa.

At a time, 20 persons could be accommodated in it, he said.

The subway has been constructed at a cost of Rs.5 crore and the work began in 2005. The railway authorities constructed a staircase at the Trisoolam railway station side and the subway was constructed by the NHAI.

A senior NHAI officer said originally it was proposed to have lifts on both sides, on the railway station and airport.

But, as the railway authorities had already completed the construction of a staircase, it would be difficult to provide a lift now.

On the airport side a path has to be created after clearing the bushes around the subway and the place had to be illuminated for the benefit of users.

This work would be taken up soon, said an airport source.

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