According to sources, there were rumours about workers going missing. Subsequently, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) was asked where they were.
“Since the phone lines were down, the workers were not reachable; but they had boarded trains to their hometowns by then since work had been disrupted in the underground stretch for a little while now; they will return very soon,” an official said.
A CMRL official said the workers were safe and would return soon. At least 6,000 workers are employed in metro construction work that sprawls over 45 km; of this 24 km will be underground and the remaining 21 km, elevated.
When the rains lashed the city last week earlier this month, many underground stations were inundated. Though water was pumped out of the stations, sources said work was interrupted since the tunnels and stations were heavily flooded in some areas and it could take sometime to resume full-fledged work.
“Work has started but in some areas like Saidapet it is going to take a while,” an official said. Saidapet station was completely flooded by the Adyar river in spate. About 100-150 HP motors are being used to pump out the water.