"The long wait is finally over as the Chennai Metro has finally hit the tracks on June 29, 2015, inaugurated by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa"
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. The Chennai Metro project has come a long way since it was originally approved by the Tamil Nadu state cabinet on November 7, 2007.
During the year 2009, the Chennai Metro Rail had a striving commencement with huge expectations from the common man; but as the dream transport project advanced, the phase-1 of the project bumped into several obstacles which include delay in construction work, delay in land acquisition, financial difficulties and so on.
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 Metro
After 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. It was nothing short of a proud moment for every Tamilian living all over the globe as the amazingly decorated bluish silver Chennai metro started its first journey from the Alandur Metro Rail Station.
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. It is important to mention that the first metro train of Chennai was operated by A Preethi, an energetic youngster and a promising product of the reputed Dr. Dharmambal Government Polytechnic College for Women, Taramani in Chennai holding Diploma in Engineering.
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 stopping time of trains at each metro station is 30 seconds. Although, the Chennai metro train can top 75 km/hour, it will be operated at a reasonable speed of 35 km/hour, by and large.
The capacity of the each of the Chennai metro trains is about 1,200 people. The metro train fares range from Rs. 10 to Rs. 40. 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. The metro stations between Koyambedu and Alandur include Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus metro station (CMBT station), Arumbakkam metro station, Vadapalani metro station, and Ashok Nagar metro station and Ekkattuthangal metro station.
Quick Facts:Corporate Office of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited
Admin Building, CMRL Depot, Poonamallee High Road, Koyambedu,
Chennai - 600107
Phone Number: +91-44-23792000
Managing Director - Chennai Metro Rail Limited
Thiru Pankaj Kumar Bansal, IAS.,
Director (Projects) - Chennai Metro Rail Limited
Director (Systems & Operations) - Chennai Metro Rail Limited
Thiru L.Narasim Prasad
Passenger Capacity of Each Train: 1,200
Average Speed of Train: 35 kmph
Maximum Operating Speed: 80 km/hour
Duration of Halt in Each Station: 30 seconds
Running and Timings of the Service: 19 hours, 6 AM to Midnight
Minimum Fare: Rs. 10
Maximum Fare: Rs. 40
With the comfort of the air-conditioned coaches, passengers can enjoy the city which will probably appear different from the elevated metro track line. Get ready to cover the stretch between Koyambedu and Alandur in just 19 minutes, which usually takes 45 minutes to 2 hours by road, depending on the traffic!
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