Chennai Metro Rail floats tender to build HQ in Nandanam

Chennai (MAS): With Metro Rail gearing up to start services on Koyambedu-Alandur route, the company is all set to build its main headquarters in Nandanam. A tender has been floated to identify a contractor to construct a cluster of buildings, tallest of which is going to comprise a ground floor with nine stories.

The offices of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) currently function from a steel and glass structure recently opened at Koyambedu. Metro Bhavan, as the new headquarters will be called, will have a network of three structures on the eight-acre land, which used to be Poultry Research Centre affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

“We have floated a tender to identify a contractor with experience in building such structures for the government. The tender will be opened next month. Once work is awarded, the contractor is expected to complete the buildings in 24 months,” said a senior official of CMRL.

The headquarters will be located near Nandanam underground station on Anna Salai. There is also a plan to build quarters for staff who will handle operations. The idea behind is to keep the staff in a centrally located point of the metro network after it expands.

The headquarters was initially supposed to come up on the old prison campus. However, the plans were changed after it was found that only two acres of land was available.

“We will need a bigger space because we have to take into consideration plans of future expansion. As the state government is keen to expand metro rail, more corridors will be added to the existing network. So, the cluster of buildings will be designed to accommodate future needs,” said a senior Metro Rail official.