CHENNAI: The announcement by Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to convert the Royapuram station into the third terminal is unlikely to materialise as the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) on Thursday said it has not reconsidered its stand.
A CMDA official told City Express that they had already conveyed their decision not to delist the Royapuram station, built in 1856, from the heritage list.
The Railways plans to raze the station to build a passenger terminal besides two rail lines connecting stations in south Tamil Nadu with the rest of the country.
“The stand not to de-list it from the Grade-1 heritage structure has not been reconsidered,” the CMDA official said.
Railway sources stated that Royapuram is not feasible to be converted into a terminus as a total of 1,200 metres of space is required.
“In this case, beyond 500 metres there are two flyovers, besides CMDA’s refusal to bring down the heritage structure,” said a railway official. “It is unlikely that the proposal could materialise,” he said.
Sources in Southern Railway revealed that immediately after the refusal by the heritage committee to demolish the station as well as platform number one, officials have started looking at alternative sites for the terminus.
It is believed that Southern Railway is looking at the possibility of converting Tondiarpet as the third terminus. “It is at the initial stage and discussions are going on,” the official added.