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1.Bids for road construction to be finalised by CMRL

Bids for construction of roads near the Metro Rail stations on the Koyambedu-Alandur stretch will be finalised by Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL). The roads are expected to be completed in two months, with footpath construction to start later. Additionally, construction of roads connecting Kaliamman Koil Street.

2.Bio-waste power plant to resume generation

The bio methanation plant at Koyambedu, Chennai, which remained dysfunctional for over two years, is all set to generate power from vegetable and fruit waste collected from the wholesale market.The plant, which is operating for the past two months, is awaiting Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s (TANGEDCO) approval to supply electricity to the grid.

3.Thirumangalam flyover in Chennai to open in 3 months

In Chennai, completion of the Thirumangalam flyover is further delayed. It was to be opened by April, but now it has a new deadline for completion — September. Work was delayed by land acquisition and lack of cooperation between government agencies. The flyover on Inner Ring Road will go over the junction of Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue and Mogappair Road, and will speed up travel for commuters from Koyambedu, Ambattur, Red Hills and Avadi.

4.CM flags off Chennai Metro rail's test run

The Chennai Metro Rail's test run was flagged off by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Koyambedu's metro rail depot on November 6. The Chennai Metro Rail will start commercial operations by July or August next year. The Metro rail test runs will go on for the next six to eight weeks.

5.Chennai Metro conducts trials

Trial runs for the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) have commenced on a portion of the rail-based rapid transport system coming up in the city. A full train of four coaches and two cabins conducted a 5.7 km run twice on a section of the elevated track between Koyambedu, a station and depot, and Ashok Pillar, one of the stations. The train can carry 1,276 commuters at full capacity.

6.Chennai to open its underground metro line by April 2017

Chennai is to get its first underground metro rail service – an 8-km-stretch from Koyambedu to Nehru Park – in the first quarter of 2017, making about 70 per cent of Phase-I of the service operational.