Chennai Central Metro is to become the first in the city to run on solar power. The metro was earlier deemed the ‘mother of all metro stations’. It will be the largest metro station in South India with a total area of 70,000 sq meters, beating the currently largest metro station, the Kempegowda Metro Station at Majestic in Bengaluru that is 48,000 sq meters. The station will be built at a depth of 28 m below the ground.
The central metro will not only be the city’s largest underground transit hub but will also be supporting green energy. Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) stated that the plan is to run some of the facilities at the station and also use solar for maintenance of trains. CMRL planned to install rooftop panels at the entry points of the station.
Officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said that PV panels with a generation capacity of 1 MW of energy will be installed on the entry points along Poonamallee High Road under which the station is located. The power generated will be used to power escalators, elevators, lighting, ticketing and air-conditioning systems. CMRL expects to save on its electricity bills with the solar initiative.
Things to know about the mega-structure:
- The Central metro station will be equipped with over 62 staircases, 36 escalators and 15 elevators.
- The station will be equipped with over 14 ticket counters staffed by uniformed Chennai Metro Rail personnel to help people use the ticket-vending machine.
- The station will have 50,000 sqft dedicated to food and entertainment at the ticketing level.
- With two island platforms between the tracks built on two levels, the metro station will be equipped with double-size platforms.
- The metro station will also have over five entry-exit points including the one in front of Central Railway Station, Moore Market Complex and Park Station to allow the uncluttered flow of all passengers freely in and out of the metro station.
Last year, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) signed a contract with a Mumbai-based private company to install solar panels with a capacity of 6MW in all its existing elevated stations including Koyambedu and Alandur. Metro rail first began using clean energy when it installed solar panels with a capacity of 1MW at its administrative building in Koyambedu in 2016.
Source: Times of India