About Chennai Metro Map
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 travelers with a favorable alternative, the government came up with an idea to introduce rail-based rapid transit system in the city.
As the metropolitan city is flourishing at faster rate and owing to this witnessing a tremendous increase in traffic, the government realizing 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 has 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 has been 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.
- November 7, 2007: Project approved by Government of Tamil Nadu
- January 28, 2009: Project approved by Government of India
- 2014-2015: Phase-I of the project to be completed
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), which was responsible for the designing and implementation part of the Delhi Metro Rail Project, has worked on the detailed project report of the Chennai Metro Rail Project. The project report suggested the construction of 2 initial corridors in the phase-1 of the project. These two corridors are Washermenpet to Airport and Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount.
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 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 have been 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)
The overall cost for the Metro is said to be Rs. 14,600 crores for two corridors - Washermanpet to the airport, and the Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount. It is likely to be operational in the Koyambedu-St.Thomas Mount stretch by mid of next year and would be fully functional by 2015.
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 to continue for eight weeks on a test track of 800m