Upon the implementation of the project, commuters from Kilambakkam bus terminus can board Metro without much hassle. Indirectly, commuters from southern suburban areas will also be benefitted, owing to its proximity to Kilambakkam.
The first phase extension from Chennai Airport to Kilambakkam, where the new bus terminus is proposed, is likely to be a 16 km stretch along the GST road, according to Chennai Metro Rail sources.
The agency is expected to study various parameters, including identification of routes from airport to Kilambakkam, alignment, number of stations and their locations, land required, method of construction and number of commuters likely to use the service.
This comes after Larsen and Toubro is preparing the Detailed Feasibility Study Report for Chennai Metro Corridor 1 Extension from Chennai Airport to Kilambakkam Bus Terminal. At present, the Metro rail connects Airport Metro station to Washermanpet via Chennai Central on the Blue line and the last leg of Phase I connects AG-DMS to Washermanpet.
Sources close to the project said that, Larsen and Toubro was looking at three different routes from Chennai Airport to Kilambakkam bus terminus. Once the feasibility report is submitted, a detailed project report will be prepared for government approval and funding”. Metro rail now links all transport hubs in the city through a direct train between Central, Egmore, Koyambedu CMBT and the airport. But ever since the airport line was opened, residents in the southern suburbs have been demanding extension of the airport line till Tambaram.
These include a 16km stretch along GST road, 19km stretch from GST Road till Tambaram and Mudichur Road afterwards and 20km stretch that passes from Airport-Cantonment-Pallavaram Bus Stand GST Road via Hastinapuram and Tambaram West Mudichur Road to Kilambakkam.