Prime Meridian begins feasibility study survey for Coimbatore Metro Rail Project

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Coimbatore, India (Urban Transport News): Chennai-based survey firm Prime Meridian Survey Pvt Ltd has started feasibility study and route survey work for the proposed metro rail project in Coimbatore city last week.

The firm was appointed by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) and has been given the responsibility of looking at all three routes where metro rails can be built, alternate routes, whether to build elevated rail corridors or on the surface. (at grade) or underground, land acquisition, wherever necessary, and includes cost for construction. However, a Mumbai-based firm has been given the responsibility of preparing the route map for the Mass Rapid Transit Project in Coimbatore.

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A high level meeting was held in Chennai a few days back after the survey. The meeting was attended by senior officials of Municipal Administration and Water Supply, Finance and some other departments and representatives of CMRL.

The survey firm will submit the feasibility report to CMRL for preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Coimbatore Metro Rail Project.

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As per the plan, the firm will conduct DGPS surveys at 400 locations on the three proposed corridors – Ukkad – Kaniyur, Thannirapandal – Karnampettai and Ukkad – Vellore. “Later, we will use lidar instruments, which will be mounted on the roof of a vehicle, to conduct topographical surveys. We have to complete two surveys before the first week of October. The survey report will be submitted to Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited (RITES).

The DPR will be sent to the government for approval. After approval and receipt of funds, further action including tender will be initiated,” he said.

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Earlier, French firm Systra MVA was given the responsibility of preparing the feasibility study report and DPR of the project, but the state government changed its plan for the metro rail and proposed monorail project which was later shelved.

As per the Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Coimbatore, five metro corridors with a total length of 136 km have been identified for implementing the project in the city.

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For more information, please visit coimbatore metro Urban transport news page.

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