St. Thomas Mount railway station

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St. Thomas Mount
பரங்கிமலை
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
Station statistics
Address GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 12°59′41″N 80°11′56″E / 12.99472°N 80.19889°E / 12.99472; 80.19889Coordinates: 12°59′41″N 80°11′56″E / 12.99472°N 80.19889°E / 12.99472; 80.19889
Line(s) South and South West lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Platforms 5
Tracks 4
Parking Available
Baggage check Not Available
Other information
Station code STM
Owned by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Fare zone Southern Railways
Formerly South Indian Railway

St. Thomas Mount railway station, or Mount railway station, is one of the railway stations of the Chennai BeachChengalpattu section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhood of St. Thomas Mount, a suburb of Chennai. It is located at a distance of 17 km from Chennai Beach terminus, with an elevation of 11 m above sea level.

The station is also an integrated railway station for all the three modes of rail transport in the city, namely, Chennai suburban railway, MRTS, and Metro Rail.[1] The latter two are under construction.

History[edit]

The station lies in the Chennai Beach–Tambaram section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network, the first suburban section of the city. With the completion of track-lying work in March 1931, which began in 1928, the suburban services were started on 11 May 1931 between Beach and Tambaram, and was electrified on 15 November 1931, with the first MG EMU services running on 1.5 kV DC.[2] The section was converted to 25 kV AC traction on 15 January 1967.[3]

As of 2012, an integrated terminal for Chennai Metro and MRTS is under construction at the station complex at a cost of INR 780 million. The construction is expected to be completed by September 2013.[4]

Layout[edit]

The station is an integrated railway station for all the three modes of rail transport in the city, namely, Chennai Beach—Chengalpattu section of the Chennai Suburban Railway, terminal point of Chennai Beach—St. Thomas Mount MRTS, and Chennai Central–St. Thomas Mount Metro Rail. The integrated station will have three levels, namely, ground level for suburban station, level 1 for MRTS, and level 2 for Metro Rail. The MRTS will be at a height of 12 m and the Metro Rail will come up at a height of 23 m. The station complex will have a total built-up area of 48,000 sq m.[4] The length of the platform at the Metro station will be 140 m.[5]

Parking facility include 10,000 sq m space at the ground level and provisions for 3,000 two-wheelers at level 1. Upon completion, the station will be the third largest in the city after Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore.[4]

Future[edit]

With the integration of five modes of public transport – suburban railway, Southern Railway, Metro Rail, MRTS and public buses the station is expected to become the city's largest transit hub after Chennai Central.[6] It is planned to design, the proposed elevated St Thomas Mount Metro Rail station, as a ‘signature station' that would integrate all the 3 suburban rail modes of the city, at multiple levels.[1]

A two-lane circular road has also been planned around the station so that buses can pick up commuters.[7]

In June 2013, Southern Railway started the ground work to extend platforms at the station to halt express trains. A spare platform of the station, which is being used to park old rakes, is being extended at an estimated cost of INR 60 million. The platform, which can currently take only 22-coach trains, will be expanded to handle 24-rake trains and a link track will be laid. Anticipating increased patronage upon the completion of Metro Rail, the Medavakkam-Madipakkam road that runs in front of the station is being widened. It is expected that MRTS and metro rail services will together bring in more than 100,000 commuters at the station.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Three avatars of rail services under one house". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). 24 November 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Electric Traction - I". IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  3. ^ "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "பிரமாண்டமாக உருவாகும் பரங்கிமலை மெட்ரோ ரயில் நிலையம்". Dinamalar (Chennai: Dinamalar). 31 October 2012. p. 2. Retrieved 6 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ Hemalatha, Karthikeyan; V Ayyappan (17 January 2013). "All roads to lead to metro stations". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 18 Jan 2013. 
  6. ^ "Integrated station at St.Thomas Mount planned". 
  7. ^ Ayyappan, V (28 January 2013). "From Tonga Stop to Transport Hub". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 3 Feb 2013. 
  8. ^ Ayyappan, V (11 June 2013). "St Thomas Mount railway station to get longer platform". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 14 Jan 2014. 

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