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Nov 20 2016 (07:11) Fort station may house separate MRTS terminal after merger with metro rail (
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Nov 20 2016 (7:11AM)
Station Tag: Chennai Fort/MSF added by Karthik Iyer^~/248735
Stations:  Chennai Fort/MSF  
Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) trains plying between Beach and Velachery may terminate at Fort railway station in the event of a merger with Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). This is part of the proposal sent by Southern Railway to CMRL on the latter taking over MRTS.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on “Transforming Chennai: The Smart Way“ organised by CII here on Saturday , Southern Railway chief planning and development engineer A K Sinha said a proposal for the merger was sent to CMRL a month ago.“It seeks to make MRTS operations independent after being merged with CMRL,“ he said, adding that a separate terminal for MRTS trains at Fort station would meet the purpose.
trains ply on the common track between Beach and Fort railway stations before branching out towards Velachery . The tracks are also used for operation of fast Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) services between Chennai and Chengalpet, besides express trains.If there is a merger with CMRL, MRTS services, which are currently under the purview of the Southern Railway , would be shifted to the operational limits of CMRL. A dedicated terminal at Fort station would ensure that MRTS trains do not enter the tracks of Southern Railway after they become part of the integrated metro rail network.
On the status of the proposal, Sinha said that CMRL was studying it. Till the merger, MRTS trains will continue to run as per the existing schedule, he noted.
Earlier, participating in a panel discussion on “Connectivity and Transportation“, Raj Cherubal, director projects, Chennai City Connect, said MRTS was incurring huge operational losses. But revenue could be generated by utilising the commercial potential of these stations situated at prime pockets in the city, he added.
Aug 30 2016 (06:50) Collapsed compound wall puts pedestrians at risk (
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News Entry# 278499   
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Aug 30 2016 (6:50AM)
Station Tag: Chennai Fort/MSF added by rdb*^/69261
Stations:  Chennai Fort/MSF  
Portion of wall separating MRTS line from road collapsed after rain
Nearly a year after a portion of the compound wall separating the railway lines of the Mass Rapid Transit System and Old Fort Glacis near Fort railway station collapsed, the breach is yet to be plugged.
Vendors near the railway station said the compound wall abutting the MRTS railway line collapsed during the heavy rains of December last year. The wall separates the railway line and Defence property, including residential quarters, schools and other Army establishments. More importantly, it separates the railway
line and the road leading to the rear entrance to Fort St. George.
Auto drivers near the Fort railway station said the breach in the compound wall was risky, as the distance between the railway line and the road parallel to it was less than 6 feet. A 25-feet-long portion of the wall had collapsed, they said. Pedestrians are now crossing the railway line at this spot to reach Muthuswami Bridge and hence, the wall had to be rebuilt without delay, they added. Southern Railway sources however said the wall had been rebuilt after the collapse in December but it might have collapsed more recently again during the showers in July or this month.
The debris had fallen dangerously close to the railway line towards Velachery. The debris would be removed soon and a new wall built in its place, officials said.
They had engaged a private engineering firm for the specific task of attending to breaches on compound walls between Chennai Beach and Chetpet railway stations. The stretch around Fort railway station was accident-prone, a problem compounded by pedestrians who manage to squeeze through the steel fence along Muthuswami Bridge and walk across 5 railway lines to reach the opposite side instead of using the pedestrian foot overbridge. Officials said they would take up work on plugging the breach near Fort station on a priority basis.
Aug 28 2014 (06:30) Foam from metro work spurts on to rail track (
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Aug 28 2014 (6:30AM)
Station Tag: Chennai Fort/MSF added by rdb**/69261
Stations:  Chennai Fort/MSF  
CHENNAI: Slurry and foam from a metro rail tunnel made way to the railway track near Fort suburban railway station on Wednesday, raising concern and confusion among commuters and railway staff.
Slurry oozed out and submerged one of the two tracks at the station after a suspected opening or loose soil led to leak of pressure generated by the tunneling machine at work 15m below. Metro rail is building a tunnel from the high court to Central, and a portion of the underground alignment passes underneath Fort railway station as it turns from NSC Bose Road to Poonamallee High Road.
machine was boring underneath the railway track when the accident happened around 6.15pm. Tunnel boring was stopped and metro engineers rushed to the railway station and assessed the damage. The slurry was removed immediately before it could cause disruption of trains. "The machine injects foam to soften the earth before boring. It is a harmless chemical," said a metro rail official.
"It was assessed that land on which the platforms and tracks are located is strong enough and allowed trains to pass by after the sludge was removed," said a senior official of metro rail. Changes on the surface like displacement and settling of soil are studied using sensors when a machine is boring underneath. "We would have told the railways to stop train services if the leak had an impact on the surface. Steps will be taken to prevent a repeat. We have to bore under the tracks because the alignment comes under the railway like an arc to turn into Poonamallee High Road from high court," he added.
Metro rail uses earth pressure balance tunnel boring machines which use pressure to hold up a few feet of earth in front of its face before it bores and moves forward. Bore wells and weak soil pose a problem when the machine is used. Bore wells dug by residents were sealed along the alignment to prevent such accidents.
Slurry and foam have burst out from underneath into streets, homes and shops because residents did not inform officials about the presence of bore wells. "An abandoned bore well can create a problem for us because the pressure can come up through the tube," said an official.
Slurry and thick foam leaked into Arunachala street at Chintadripet in June 2013. A hole developed in the middle of the road and spewed out foam due to the pressure generated by a tunnel boring machine beneath the ground. A metro rail tunnel boring machine was then digging underground from May Day Park, opposite Chintadripet railway station, to the new secretariat.
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Oct 25 2013 (19:53) Goods trains derails near Chennai Fort station (
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Oct 25 2013 (8:37PM)
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5 carriages of a goods train were derailed and the train was left hanging on top the bridge over the Parry’s Corner subway on Friday morning. Over 300 feet of track was shattered as the track was not able to hold the weight of the train.Chennai Fort Railway station is situated in the MadrasBeach – Tambaram Sector. On Friday morning, a goods train headed to Trichy was derailed near the station. 5 carriages of the train, had gone down from the tracks. About 300 meters of the track was shattered due to the excessive weight of the train on the tracks. As the carriages that were derailed were over the Parrys Corner Subway, the train appeared to be hanging in mid air.Railway officials who rushed to the spot were involved in repairing the damage. As the chances for track shattering to such an extent are very slim, the Railway Police Force,...
who are investigating are suspecting sabotage.
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