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Heritage buildings to get a breather from Metro Rail?

Published: 30th June 2016 06:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2016 06:13 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: The rumbling of the Metro Rail beneath will not affect your sleep, neither is it expected to damage heritage buildings, as Chennai Metro will have an elastic layer made of rubber, which will absorb vibrations.

Sources in Chennai Metro told City Express that the technology is being used to ensure that the rumblings in the stretch between Chennai Egmore and Thirumangalam will not affect heritage buildings and hospitals.

“The tracks pass beneath Kilpauk Hospital and other old buildings. These are sensitive zones. The idea is that the elastic layer will absorb the vibrations caused by the running train,” said the source.

The idea behind the technology is to protect heritage and old buildings. The tracks will be laid over an elastic layer of rubber. It will absorb the vibrations caused by the running train and reduce the noise too. This has been put across the Metro Rail alignment and vibration tests are being held, he said.

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