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Metro Rail and Road transport should be on integrated flyover, says Former Vice President of Builders’ Association

Metro Rail and Road transport should be on integrated flyover, says Former Vice President of Builders’ Association

The Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL), which is working on metro rail projects on Avinashi Road and Sathyamangalam Road in Coimbatore, should look at the feasibility of an integrated flyover, with both rail and road transport, on Sathyamangalam Road, suggested K. Viswanathan, former national vice president of the Builders’ Association of India.

In a letter to Coimbatore District Collector Kranthi Kumar Pati and the CMRL, Mr. Viswanathan suggested that a double level elevated highway on Sathyamangalam Road will save space and cost for the metro rail project. It can have a flyover and the metro rail at the upper level as in cities such as Nagpur, he said. Since the construction works have not begun on Sathyamangalam Road, this proposal can be studied, he said.

On Avinashi Road, the CMRL plans the metro rail parallel to the flyover that is under construction now. The CMRL plans to have 17 stations on Avinashi Road and 14 on Sathyamangalam Road. On Avinashi road, the metro will run from Ukkadam to Neelambur, connecting the airport too. On Sathyamangalam road, it will be from Coimbatore railway junction to Valiyampalayam. It has submitted a detailed project report to the government. The Highways Department planned a flyover at Saravanampatti junction and will now design the flyover in consultation with the CMRL.

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Mr. Viswanathan also said the Coimbatore Urban Development Authority that was announced more than a year ago should be commissioned at the earliest.

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