PM Modi Inaugurates Final Stretch Of Chennai Metro Phase-I
The remaining two stretches of the Chennai Metro's Phase-I was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 10. The opening of the two stretches — Washermanpet to Chennai Central and Chennai Central to AG-DMS — has made the first phase of the city's Metro network fully operational.
About the Phase-I Metro corridor
Length: Once the new line is completed, the corridor or the Blue Line of the Chennai Metro network will span a total length of 54 km that connects the Chennai International Airport to Wimco Nagar.
Stations: The corridor comprises 25 stations, of which 11 are underground. The stations on the 45-km Phase-1 Corridor are Chennai International Airport, Meenambakkam, Nanganallur Road, Alandur, Guindy, Little Mount, Saidapet, Nandanam, Teynampet, AG-DMS, Thousand Lights, LIC, Government Estate, Chennai Central, High Court, Mannadi and Washermanpet. The stations on the Phase 1 extension are Sir Theagaraya College, Korukkupet, Tondiarpet, Toll Gate, Thangal, Gowri Ashram, Tiruvottiyur and Wimco Nagar. An elevated maintenance at Wimco Nagar will also be built.
Progress: The tunnelling work on the two-km long stretch from Washermenpet to Korukkupet started in 2016 and took around two years to complete. While the elevated Chennai Airport- Little Mount section was opened in September 2016, the four-km underground route from AG-DMS to Saidapet was recently opened for the public, after completion of trial runs, on May 25. Trial runs on the stretch from AG-DMS to Washermanpet also began in August 2018.
How will the new corridor impact real estate developments?
The Phase-I corridor runs from the northeast to the southwest corner of the city through some of the important destinations such as Alandur, Teynampet, Saidapet, Nanganallur Road and Guindy, all of which have emerged as a sought-after residential hub. The line also serves the popular locality, Chennai Central which is the main business hub of Tamil Nadu and offers employment options for the locals.
North Chennai is known for housing many thickly populated localities dotted with several commercial hubs and buildings of historical importance. The upcoming Metro link comes as an effective solution to deal with road congestion and ensure a better commuting experience for the citizens. Presence of an upcoming infrastructure project such as a Metro link will augment the real estate demand and prices which will be witnessed in some of these coveted neighbourhoods of Chennai, too.