The Tamil Nadu government has floated a tender at a cost of Rs 3 crore, for a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Madurai metro. The DPR has to be submitted within 120 days.
According to a feasibility report that was submitted to the government recently, the city would get Metro Lite, instead of the conventional metro coaches. Metro Lite can be considered either an enhanced tram or a downgraded metro. Each train would have three coaches.
As per the alignment submitted in the feasibility report, the metro lite service would extend between Tirumangalam and Othakadai, a distance of 31 kilometres. The depot for the maintenance of trains would be at Tirumangalam on a 45-acre site. The entire line has been planned as an elevated corridor.
The proposed stations are Tirumangalam, Kappalur Toll Plaza, Dharmathupatti, Thoppur, Tirunagar, Tirupparankundram, Pasumalai, Vasantha Nagar, Madura College, Madurai Junction, Simmakkal, Keelavasal, Therkuvasal, Goripalayalam, Police Commissioner’s Office, K. Pudur, Mattuthavani, Uthangudi, High Court Bench and Othakadai.
The alignment splits after Madura College.
Following are pictures of the proposed alignment-
At present, Chennai is the only city in the state that has a metro. Madurai and Coimbatore are the two other cities in which metro services are being planned.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.