Tamil Nadu CM ,Jayalalithaa launches Chennai Metro Rail, Chennaiites flock to enjoy first day first ride

Highlights:

  • Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated Chennai Metro Rail Limited's passenger services between Alandur and Koyambedu.
  • Now, Chennai has joined the league of cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Jaipur which have metro rail systems.
  • The facilities launched through video conferencing included seven stations on the first stretch -Koyambedu, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok Nagar, Ekkattuthangal and Alandur - and CMRL's depot at Koyambedu.
  • The ten kilometre elevated stretch falls on the second corridor that runs for about 22km connecting Chennai Central with St Thomas Mount.
  • The Rs 14,600-crore project was approved by the previous Congress-led UPA regime in 2009 and the work began later that year.
  • The metro rail is expected to cover 32 stations in the coming years.
  • In a bid to provide a seamless travel, the metro rail has been designed to connect Chennai Airport, Chennai Central railway station, Egmore Station, CMBT and MRTS.