The Chennai Metro Rail is planning to build a skyscraper on a 10-acre plot of land in Nandanam to house its headquarters.
Chennai Metro Rail sources told City Express that the plans for the multi-storied building are in the initial stage and added that the building could be anywhere between 20 and 25 storeys.
The building, it is said, could be constructed provided it gets clearance from the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
A Metro Rail spokesman said that piling work for the headquarters had begun, but refused to divulge anymore information, stating that the work is in its early stage.
The spokesman also said that tenders for incomplete seven stations on the elevated stretch had been issued. The stations include Koyambedu, CMBT, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok Nagar, Ekkatuthangal and Alandur.
After the contract of Consolidated Construction Consortium Limited (CCCL) was terminated for the delay in the completion of these stations, Chennai Metro Rail is trying to complete the work on time, so that the elevated stretch between Koyambedu and St Thomas Mount can be thrown open to public this year. Close to 32 per cent of work on the tunnelling section is complete, while the Koyambedu Depot will be getting two more trains by the end of this month.
Currently, there are seven trains in the depot, including two indigenously made trains at the Sri City plant. “We will be getting two more from Brazil by next week,” the spokesman said.
The Metro Rail mock up at Chennai Moffusil Bus Terminus will be thrown open in the next two to three days. “We are planning to erect a barricade before opening it for display,” said the spokesman. The mock-up was built in Sao Paulo, Brazil.