Construction of Chennai Metro Line 5 ongoing

Neha Tambe Aug 20, 2022 2

The construction of Chennai Metro Line 5 that will run from Grain Market to Puzhuthivakkam is currently ongoing.

Chennai Metro Line 5 (Grain Market – Puzhuthivakkam)

The Chennai Metro Line 5 (Grain Market – Puzhuthivakkam) is currently under construction. The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is developing this project. Corridors 3, 4, and 5 with a total length of 118.9 km are proposed under Chennai Metro Phase 2. Corridor 5 of the Chennai Metro Phase 2 will run from Madhavaram Milk Colony to Sholinganallur. Corridor 5 of the Chennai Metro Phase 2 will be 47 km long and will serve 48 metro stations. 

Package C5-ECV-02 of corridor 5 includes the construction of an elevated viaduct of approximately 12.431 km length between CMBT Metro station and Puzhuthivakkam Metro Station. This includes special spans and construction of 12 elevated stations. The total project construction cost is INR 1,500 crores. The project began in 2021 and the project completion date is 2026. As of August 2022, pillar work is in progress on the Grain Market – Puzhuthivakkam Section. Piling work is in progress at the Adyar River.

Chennai Metro Line 5Key Project Highlights

Name of the ProjectChennai Metro Line 5 (C5-ECV-02) (Grain Market – Puzhuthivakkam)
Latest StatusUnder Construction
DeveloperChennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL)
LocationChennai, Tamil Nadu
RegionChennai Metropolitan Area
Construction Cost (in INR)INR 1,500 crores
Building UseTransportation Infrastructure
CategoryMetro Station
Project Start Date2021
Project Completion Date2026

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) 

The Government of Tamil Nadu created a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementing the Chennai Metro Rail Project. On December 3, 2007, they incorporated this SPV, named Chennai Metro Rail Limited, under the Companies Act. It is now a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu. Each of them has an equal equity holding.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

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RITES Limited

RITES Limited is a Government of India Enterprise, established in 1974 under the aegis of Indian Railways. Incorporated in India as a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 1956, Board of Directors govern it. These include persons of eminence from various sectors of engineering and management. The company is an ISO 9001:2015 company. It is a multidisciplinary consultancy organization in the fields of transport, infrastructure, and related technologies. It provides a comprehensive array of services under a single roof. The company believes in transferring technology to client organizations. In overseas projects, RITES actively pursues and develops cooperative links with local consultants/firms, as a means of maximum utilisation of local resources and as an effective instrument for sharing its expertise.

MMSB Consult

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The company undertakes a wide range of projects providing engineering consulting services in Civil, Structural, Electrical and Mechanical services. The projects in the Infrastructure Sector include Highways, Roads, Bridges, Maritime, Rail, Airports, Land and Infrastructure Development, Township Development, Waste Water, Solid Waste and Water Supply. The Buildings Sector encompasses Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and residential buildings. Geographically, their projects are in Malaysia, including Sabah and Sarawak and overseas in countries like India, Pakistan, Laos, Sri Lanka, etc.

AECOM India Private Limited

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L&T Constructions

Larsen & Toubro is a major technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services conglomerate, with global operations. L&T addresses critical needs in key sectors—Hydrocarbon, Infrastructure, Power, Process Industries and Defence—for customers in over 30 countries around the world.

SMEC India Private Limited

SMEC has been operational in India since 1975. They established a permanent office in Central Delhi in 1991 and moved to Gurgaon in 2006. In 1994, SMEC India Pvt. Ltd. was established as a fully owned subsidiary company. SMEC now has seven permanent offices in India. These include two offices in Bangalore, and one office each in Assam, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, and Uttar Pradesh. SMEC’s project experience in India is diverse, and includes the Rohtang Highway Tunnel, the Kohala Hydro Electric Project, Andhra Pradesh Water Improvement Project, dedicated freight corridor, and Karnataka State Highways rehabilitation project. More recently, SMEC is providing construction supervision consultancy services on the Chhattisgarh State Road Sector Project in central India. They are also providing project management, supervision, and support during implementing the Distribution Strengthening Project in Assam State.

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