Metro Underground: Mobile Transmitters in Two Months

Commuters of Chennai are pretty excited to travel through the first underground stretch of Chennai Metro Rail from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park in just about a week. But what the commuters don’t know yet is, the minute they board a train, mobile connectivity may be lost.

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According to Chennai Metro officials, it may take about two months to instal telecom transmitters in seven stations in the 7.6-km stretch from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park. “We have already given a contract for this project and the work will soon begin. We want to instal transmitters at stations and see how it works; if needed, we will take further steps to enhance connectivity. We are still working out how many transmitters each station will have,” an official said. The stretch is built about 18-20 metres below the ground.

Earlier, the CMRL said the equipment would be installed much before the start of the operations in the underground stretch. Of the 45 km of phase I project of Chennai Metro Rail, 21 km are elevated and the remaining 24 km underground. Officials said they would install the equipment at all underground stations after they got ready.

Commuters of Delhi Metro Rail too grappled with this problem for a while before Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had identified stations to strengthen the mobile connectivity.

News Courtesy: Money Control

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