Foot overbridge at Alandur metro station gets Rs 6 crore

The subway remains a secondary option and is not used much due to its unclean condition.

CHENNAI: The construction of long-awaited foot overbridge at Alandur metro station is finally to commence as the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has finally sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 6 crore for the construction of a foot overbridge across GST Road at Alandur metro station.

The foot overbridge that was proposed around two years back is to be completed within a period of eight months equipped with escalators and lifts. Alandur Metro Station turned up a boon for the commuters in the area, especially for the employees in Guindy Industrial Estate but it was difficult for many to access the MTC bus stop on the opposite side. The foot overbridge has been in demand at Alandur metro station by the commuters, since it was started in 2015, due to lack of a safe and convenient alternative to cross the road. The subway remains a secondary option and is not used much due to its unclean condition.

“One has to either cross by jumping over the divider outside the Alandur metro station or walk a long distance to reach the pedestrian subway. There is no signal that could have eased the problem of commuters. Foot overbridge can be very beneficial,” said V. Ramya, an employee in Alandur.

Taking this grievance into consideration, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is to construct a foot over bridge with escalator and lifts at two locations at Alandur Metro Station and across GST Road at Km 12/6 of GST Road.

Senior officials from CMRL said that the FOB was delayed, as there were no takers for the tender released in 2016.

“However, the open tenders under-two cover system was released and have been given to private contractors by the state government. The construction will be completed in eight months time,” said a senior official.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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