The Coimbatore metro project is gaining momentum as the managing director of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), M A Siddique, has revealed the details of the first phase. The initial stage of the metro project will encompass the stretches along Avinashi Road and Sathy Road. The project’s detailed project report (DPR) is set to be submitted to the Tamil Nadu state government on July 15, signaling progress towards the implementation of the metro rail system.
Coimbatore City, often referred to as the Manchester of South India, is a thriving Tier-II city with a diverse range of economic activities. Recognizing the city’s growth potential and the need for efficient transportation infrastructure, the government has decided to introduce the metro rail project in Coimbatore.
During a consultative meeting held at the Coimbatore district collector’s office, Siddique emphasized that the metro service would provide connectivity between the Railway Junction and the two designated stretches. The Railway Junction will serve as the interchange station for the three-coach metro service.
The Avinashi Road stretch will feature an elevated metro corridor on the left side of the road, extending from Ukkadam to Neelambur. This 17.4 km corridor will comprise 17 stations and be built above the existing flyover connecting the Old Avinashi Flyover and Neelambur. Additionally, provisions have been made for a future bus terminal along this stretch.
The Sathy Road corridor, branching out from the collectorate, will run until Valayampalayam Pirivu, covering a distance of 16 km and including 14 stations.
To accommodate the construction of the metro corridors, approximately 35 acres of land will be acquired, along with an additional 38-40 acres for the depot near Neelambur. The elevated corridors will be constructed at heights ranging from 13 meters to 20 meters, depending on the location.
The metro service is expected to operate at frequent intervals of five to seven minutes, providing convenient transportation for commuters. The comprehensive mobility plan for Coimbatore includes four stretches, with Avinashi Road and Sathy Road being prioritized for the first phase. Future phases may incorporate Trichy Road and Mettupalayam Road, while Pollachi Road and Palakkad Road will be considered at a later stage.
The construction work is projected to commence within one to one-and-a-half years, with an estimated completion timeline of three to three-and-a-half years. The detailed project report has also taken traffic management into account during the construction phase, ensuring minimal disruption. Furthermore, the DPR includes a dedicated metro line connecting the airport, enhancing connectivity for travelers.
The Coimbatore metro project holds immense promise for improving the city’s transportation infrastructure and catering to its growing needs. With the DPR submission just around the corner, Coimbatore is on track to join the league of Indian cities with efficient metro systems.
Table: Coimbatore Metro Project Details
|Project Phase||Stretches Covered||Distance (km)||Stations||Estimated Cost (INR)|
|First Phase||Avinashi Road and Sathy Road||39||32||9,000 crore|
Note: INR – Indian Rupees