MRTS Services set to start between Velachery and Adambakkam early next year

Adambakkam MRTS station may finally be open soon. Work is progressing at top speed to ready the Adambakkam station as Southern Railways plan to begin services from Velachery to Adambakkam by early next year, The Times of India reported.

This station is part of the 2.5 km Velachery – St. Thomas Mount extended MRTS line that has been pending completion due to land acquisition issues in the last 500 m stretch between Adambakkam and St. Thomas Mount. The plan now is to open services until Adambakkam rather than waiting for the land acquisition in order to complete the work on the entire stretch.

Tracks have already been laid from Velachery to Puzhuthivakkam and Adambakkam. However, there is work still pending on laying of Overhead Electric Lines (OHE) and construction of platforms.

“One service will run from Velachery to Adambakkam on a single line and then turn back on the same line towards Velachery. This was how we operated services from Beach to Thiruvamiyur when the work upto Velachery was not completed.” , an official told The Times of India.

The opening of services in this stretch would bring relief to residents of Nanganallur, Thillai Ganga Nagar, Madipakkam, Ram Nagar, Sathasivam Nagar and Vanuvampet, as they will have a direct MRTS link to Mylapore, Chepauk, Fort and Beach. Currently, these residents have to take a bus to St Thomas Mount station on the Tambaram – Chennai beach line to get to the Northern part of Chennai.

The Velachery – Mount MRTS line was conceived to connect fast growing southern suburbs with the core of the city. The mount station was planned as a multi-modal hub with CMRL, MRTS and Tambaram-Beach sub-urban line converging there.