Central Metro Station operates with Solar Power
Central Metro is one of the largest Underground station which acts as a hub connecting to some important centers if city such as Anna Salai and Koyambedu and also in International Airport of Chennai. Green energy adaptation installed in the Central Metro is very first kind inside the city’s main transportation connection.
This solar energy is said to operate some at the secondary units of the station and also for some of the train’s operations. So the Chennai Metro Rail Limited CMRL has requested Vendors for installing roof-top solar panels at the entry point of Chennai Central Metro.
Photovoltaic panels at a capacity of around 1MW are installed at either sides of the Poonamalle High Road linked to the entry points of the station. This work as trial basis and primarily used in energizing Lights, Escalators, Elevators and for Air-conditioning inside the premises of the metro station. CMRL is the best usage of this type of green energy (Natural energy) which will reduce some of the expenses related to power capacity and plays a major role in controlling pollution.
Chennai Central has a three-level transit hub connecting two corridors of the Phase-1 section of the station. The upper track is said lead to Koyambedu-Poonamalle links from Central whereas the lower tracks will connect central metro to Annasalai-Airport stretch. The third of the hub is said to directly link to Koyambedu and Airport Metro stations divided according the needs of the Commuters.
CMRL stated that a 1.4 Lakh Square Meters of area in 25 various locations installing Solar Panels for the Metro Project. This Solar panel installation is said to save more than Rs 1.12 Crore every year for CMRL.