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With the aims to integrate real estate and public transport and generate non-ticketing revenue, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is planning to build a 20-storey building above the elevated depot cum station at Wimco Nagar which is near Thiruvottiyur and 600m away from the beach.
Apart from the building, CMRL is also planning to develop a four-level parking space below the stabling lines. The Wimco Nagar depot is likely to be ready by end of this year i.e. December 2020. This depot is part of the phase-1 extension line from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar with nine metro stations. Tender for construction of a 20-storey building as well as the development of four-level parking spaces will be floated soon.
Explaining the plan, a CMRL official said:
It could either be a residential or office space depending on the demand after the extension line is opened and the area develops. But it’s going to be like a satellite city. We don’t have a design for the structure yet, but we are laying the foundation for the structure now for future development.
“Right now, Koyembedu depot can handle all our 52 trains. We will need this second depot only when the trains get older and require frequent maintenance,” he added.
The high rise building above the elevated metro depots will help CMRL to generate additional revenue. CMRL is also planning to construct similar structures in the elevated depots which will come up at Madhavaram and Poonamallee as part of phase II of the Chennai Metro Rail project.
“People think it’s far away and doesn’t like settling in these localities because of the lack of access through a proper transport system. With the metro, we are going to give comfort and faster access. We are sure the area will develop rapidly,” a CMRL official said.
The Wimco Nagar depot is being developed as an elevated depot at a height of 12 meters. The depot will spread over 15,500sqm area with 16 lines including one line for the station, are linked to the mainline proceeding towards Wimco Nagar elevated station through a 600m link corridor.
CMRL will also build a 7.5m wide internal road around the depot, stormwater drains, and a water tank with a capacity of six lakh liters. Another 10,000 sqm area near the elevated depot will be used to build passenger amenities such as parking space etc. Apart from this, a 1055sqm auto coach washing plant will have three-levels for property development.
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