Chennai, Dec 6:  The underground metro station at Saidapet will have a curved structure with high flood walls to protect Anna Salai from being flooded by Adyar river. The station has been designed in a curved manner as the land bends towards the river. “Two tunnels bend under the YMCA grounds at Nandanam towards Saidapet,” The Times of India quoted a metro rail official as saying. The newly built station is to open by March 2018.

In December 2015, Adyar river flooded the areas near the Saidapet station.  Hence, precautions are being taken to avoid such a mishap. “The flood wall is at a height of seven metres from the river. So it will prevent water entering through the tunnels,” an engineer at the Saidapet metro construction site said.

A trial run by a four-car train is scheduled to be held by the end of December. It will run from AG-DMS to Saidapet. This will be done before the beginning of the official inspections for the approval of the project.

The tunnels are surrounded with six meter high flood walls so that it remains secured from the floods.  “The tracks are getting finishing touches and so is the station. We will be ready within 10 days before we start preparing for the trial runs,” an official told TOI. The track is seven kilometer long. The route will connect Anna Salai to the Chennai airport.

“We have also built the tunnels in such a way that there is enough space for expansion of the road,” a site engineer said to TOI. It is said that in future, intermodal transportation services can also be accommodated in the station. Speaking to TOI, officials have said that land is available for 600 sqm parking space.