Chennai, the pride of Tamil people, the capital city of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and one of the most happening metropolises in the country has now joined the elite list of urban centers that has the metro rail transport facility.
During the year 2009, the Chennai Metro Rail had a striving commencement with huge expectations from the common man.
History of Chennai MetroChennai Metro RailFollowing the success story of Delhi Metro, the ‘Metro Man’ E. Sreedharan of the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) came up with the similar system for Chennai for the convenience of people. The plan was first laid out during the tenure of then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi.
However, the plan was later shelved over monorail network. But soon the idea was revived and was then included in the 2007-08 State Government's budget.
The final nod was given November 7, 2007 by the state cabinet. An amount of Rs.500 million had been sanctioned for preliminary phase.
The project will be executed by a special purpose vehicle, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
IAS Mr K.Rajaraman, 1989 Batch Officer of Tamil Nadu Cadre is the Managing Director of CMRL.
Routes of Chennai Metro:
As per the plan for Chennai Metro network, DMRC has decided to lay lines on 7 routes. Out of which two routes are in construction phase. Here is the list of routes:
Line 1 - Tiruvottiyur - Chennai International Airport
Line 2 - Chennai Central - St. Thomas Mount
Line 3 - Mogappair - Tiruvanmiyur
Line 4 - Porur - Kamarajar Salai
Line 5 - Ring Road - Ring Road
Line 6 - Radhakrishnan Salai - Kilpauk Medical College
Line 7 - Along NH5 Road - Along NH5 Road
Launching of Chennai MetroAfter turning a series of obstacles into stepping stones, the phase-1 of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) operated its first metro rail between Alandur and Koyambedu on 29-06-2015.
A large number of people from all parts of the city thronged the Alandur Metro Rail Station to get a look of the first metro rail and the grand inauguration ceremony.
According to the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) officials, initially, nine trains will be operated between Alandur and Koyambedu (10 km stretch), every 10 minutes.
The rail track will soon be stretched from Alandur to Chennai International Airport. Once the stretch is completed, it will make up the phase-1 of the 45 km project passing 32 metro stations. Furthermore, phase-1 comprises of two corridors:
- Washermenpet to Airport - 23.1 km
- Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount - 22 km
At present, the Chennai metro train will cover the distance between Koyambedu and Alandur in 19 minutes with seven halts. As expected, the Chennai Metro Rail service is an instant hit among Chennai people as 25,000 passengers used the service on day 1 and the full day service reportedly collected Rs. 10,00,000.
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