Chennai Metro Rail has sought the opinion of Indian Institute of Technology experts on the cracks in the 153-year-old CSI Tamil Wesley Church in Broadway, following the drilling works by a tunnel-boring machine for the Chennai Metro Rail project between Mannadi and Madras High Court.
A senior metro rail official said that Chennai Metro Rail would go in for an impartial assessment of the cracks caused during the tunneling operations at around 2 am on Saturday when the tunnel boring machine drilled for about 50 metres in the stretch. A professor from structural engineering department, Arun Menon, will be submitting a report after assessing the damages.
This comes in the wake of Chennai Metro Rail officials assuring the church authorities that the repair works on the church may be completed in a week’s time.
Metro Rail officials said that the tunnel boring works would continue and ruled out any threats to the buildings. Meanwhile, church officials confirmed that the IIT official inspected the site. “He was here for 10 minutes along with senior metro rail officials,” he said. However, media was not allowed during the inspection. Selena Sunita Mohanraj, a member of the church said that officials are yet to conduct the laser test. “We want the church to be restored to the same strength which helped it to withstand time and tide for the last 153 years,” she added.