First Chennai Metro Rail likely soon, footpath work yet to be over

By S. Sekar and D.H.Ramakrishnan  www.thehindu.com

The first Metro Rail operation of the city is likely to begin in about two months from now, but the work on footpaths remains undone, thanks to a tussle between two government agencies.

While sources in the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said they had already told the State Highways Department to carry out work on footpaths along Koyambedu to Alandur, the latter said the roads had not yet been handed over to it.

“The cleaning work in and around the Arumbakkam and Vadapalani stations was completed and subsequently handed over to the Highways Department last week. But, the work around other stations in this alignment was finished sometime back. It is for the Highways Department to start the work,” an official of the CMRL said.

Meanwhile, sources in the Highways Department said that they were yet to get control of the stretches where the stations are located. More info

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