Chromepet railway station

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Chromepet
குரோம்பேட்டை
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
ChennaiSuburbanRailway Chromepet.jpg
Chromepet railway station
Station statistics
Address Chromepet Station Rd, Chitlapakkam, Chromepet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 044, India
Coordinates 12°57′3″N 80°8′26″E / 12.95083°N 80.14056°E / 12.95083; 80.14056Coordinates: 12°57′3″N 80°8′26″E / 12.95083°N 80.14056°E / 12.95083; 80.14056
Line(s) South and South West lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Baggage check Not Available
Other information
Opened Early 1900s
Electrified 15 November 1931[1]
Station code CMP
Owned by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Fare zone Southern Railways
Formerly South Indian Railway

Chromepet railway station is one of the railway station of the Chennai BeachChengelpet section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhoods of Chromepet, Chitlapakkam, and surrounding areas. It is situated about 25 km from Chennai Beach, and has an elevation of 30 m above sea level.

History[edit]

Chromepet railway station lies on the Madras BeachTambaram suburban section of the Chennai Suburban Railway, which was opened to traffic on 11 May 1931. The tracks were electrified on 15 November 1931.[1] The section was converted to 25 kV AC traction on 15 January 1967.[2]

In 1998, the railways decided to replace the level crossing at the north side of the station with a subway. In 2008, the project was re-designed as a road under bridge (RUB) with the involvement of the highways department to allow all vehicles. However, in late 2008, following objections from about 400 families residing on either side of the level crossing, the design was changed again to a limited-use subway, measuring 33 metres long, 8.3 metres wide and 3.5 metres high. On 27 February 2009, construction of the INR 75.5-million limited-use subway began. However, the work has been stalled due to land acquisition problems.[3]

The level crossing on the south side of the station, called "MIT Gate" was closed in January 2000 and construction of a massive ROB with four ramps on the GST road, a rotary on top and a two lane ramp extending over the tracks to the eastern side was commenced. After prolonged construction due to litigation by affected families, change of state government during the interim period etc., it was completed and thrown open to public in January 2006. Now known popularly as the "MIT Flyover", it serves as a vital lifeline for the populace of Nehru Nagar, Hastinapuram, Chitlapakkam and surrounding areas.

Safety[edit]

In the GuindyChengalpet stretch of the suburban section, which suffers from more fatal accidents of about 30 people a month[4] compared to other stretches of the suburban network, the ChromepetTambaram stretch remains the deadliest with at least 15 accidents occurring every month as of 2011.[5] Of the 181 people killed on the tracks between Guindy and Chengalpet in 2011, one-fourth were killed on the tracks between Chromepet and Tambaram stations.[3]

The station also lacks several basic amenities.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electric Traction - I". IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Madhavan, D. (18 May 2012). "No subway, staircases at Tambaram, Chromepet put commuters at risk". The Times of India epaper (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 19 Jan 2013. 
  4. ^ Madhavan, D. (5 December 2011). "402 deaths on suburban tracks in 2011". The Times of India epaper (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 19 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ Madhavan, D. (27 August 2011). "Pedestrians still cross tracks at Tambaram". The Times of India epaper (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 16 Oct 2011. 
  6. ^ Swaminathan, T. S. Atul (2 March 2014). "Commuters seek refreshment stalls at Chromepet railway station". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 24 Apr 2014. 

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