The CMDA will modernise and maintain MRTS stations as they’ll be handed over by the Southern Railway.
What’s it about: The CMDA and the Southern Railway will sign an MoU to transfer the MRTS stations to the planning authority for modernisation. Until the stations are handed over to the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), the CMDA will look after them.
- The stations will be overhauled in line with the Metro stations. The CMDA will maintain the stations, and the Southern Railway will continue to run the trains till they are handed over to the CMRL.
- Some portion of the revenue generated from renting the commercial spaces will be given to the Southern Railway. In January, officials from the CMDA discussed the commercial potential.
Current operations: The MRTS covers 19 km with 18 stations between Chennai Beach and Velachery. The Southern Railway has begun work to link the Velachery MRTS station and St Thomas Mount railway station.