About Chennai Metro
The long awaited Chennai metro was launched on 29 June 2015. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the first phase of the metro project via video conference. The route of this running metro is between Alandur and Koyambedu. After the launch, Chennai added its name to the list of cities in India with metro connectivity.
Chennai has been witnessing massive industrial growth for quite some time now, which in turn is paving way for an enormous increase in traffic volumes on its roads. Thus, in order to provide travellers with a favourable alternative, the government came up with an idea to introduce rail-based rapid transit system in the city.
The Tamil Nadu government started implementing the Chennai Metro Rail Project. The project is well in sync with the other modes of public and private transit systems comprising suburban trains, MRTS and buses.
As the metropolitan city is flourishing at faster rate and owing to this witnessing a tremendous increase in traffic, the government realising the need of its people for a faster and reliable mode of transport started building metro rail projects. It is a better alternative to other modes of commutation as it offers commendable financial viability. It is environment-friendly and can easily be linked with other transport modes such as suburban rails, MRTS and buses.
The High Court passed orders that one of the six entry/exits of the underground metro station of Chennai will be built on the land opposite the Central Railway Station. The Chennai Central Metro station spread over 70,000 sq metres, is the largest underground station of the Chennai Metro Rail. According to the Chennai Metro Rail Limited, a plan was also made to apportion some of the underground space to create a parking lot for 1000 two-wheelers and 500 cars.
Mission behind the Construction of Metro in Chennai
The main objective behind the building of metro system in Chennai is to provide its people with efficient, comfortable, reliable, faster and economical transit mode that works in coordination with other public and private transport modes.
- 7 November 2007: Project approved by Government of Tamil Nadu
- 28 January 2009: Project approved by Government of India
- 2014-2015: Phase-I of the project completed
- 29 June 2015: Phase I launched, metro services commenced for commuters
Routes shown on Chennai Metro Map
The detailed routes of the two corridors from Washermenpet to Airport and Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount are given below:
Corridor 1 from Washermenpet to Airport (23.1 kms)
Washermenpet - Broadway or Prakasam Road - Chennai Central Station - Rippon Building - along Cooum River - Government Estate - Tarapore Towers - Spencers - Gemini - Anna Salai - Saidapet - Guindy - Chennai Airport
Corridor 2 from Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount (22.0 kms.)
Chennai Central -along EVR Periyar Salai - Vepery - Kilpauk Medical College - Aminjikarai - Shenoy Nagar - Annanagar East - Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue - Tirumangalam - Koyambedu - CMBT -Inner Ring Road - Vadapalani - Ashok Nagar - SIDCO - Alandur - St. Thomas Mount
For further convenience of the travellers, a clear map of Chennai metro system has also been designed. For more details and a clear idea, you are recommended to look at the comprehensive and well devised Chennai Metro Map.
Details about the Chennai Metro Rail:
- Total 41 stations: 19 underground stations and 12 elevated stations
- Some portions of both the corridors were planned to be underground while the rest of the portion will be elevated.
- Corridor 1: From Washermanpet to Saidapet (14.3 kms)
- Corridor 2: From Chennai Central to Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue (9.7 kms)
Chennai Metro Rail to Have a First Class Coach
The Chennai Metro Rail will have a first class coach with a special compartment for women. This was announced by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) officials on 28 October 2013. This coach will be close to the driver's cab and will have fourteen seats. The seats in the first class coach would have some extra cushioning and limited space for baggage, and the passengers may have to pay twice as much as for the second class coaches.
The overall cost for the Metro is estimated to be Rs. 14,600 crores for two corridors - Washermanpet to the airport, and the Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount.
First Test Run:
- 6 November, 2013
- Flagged off by J Jayalalithaa, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu at Koyambedu yard at 2 pm
- Test run continued for eight weeks on a test track of 800m.
Frequency & Timings
The minimum fare of the metro is Rs. 10 and the maximum fare is Rs. 40.
Feeder Service by MTC
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will offer the bus service between different metro stations. The MTC will set up bays for buses outside the metro stations, similar to one outside Chennai Central railway station. The facility is likely to be launched between Koyambedu and Alandur stations in the first phase. The MTC will offer the bus services depending upon the frequency of the trains of the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL). CMRL has identified 30 different feeder routes between Koyambedu and St. Thomas Mount, where services will cover interior areas from the metro stations. Buses, mini buses, and shared auto rickshaws will run and offer the feeder services. Feeder service of the shared auto rickshaws will be served at Arumbakkam, Ashok Nagar and CMBT. The frequency of the feeder buses will be decided only after the Chennai metro will be operational.
Last Updated on : June 29, 2015