Chennai, the capital city of Tamilnadu, is one of biggest and busiest city in South India. Chennai is situating beside of Bay of Bengal sea. Chennai have longest natural urban beach of India, which is known as Marina beach have 6 km of length. Chennai is the 6th most population have city of India. Chennai is popular for several things like Cinemas, Politics, Temples, Unique Culture etc.
As mentioned earlier, Chennai is a populous city. The population are resulting in traffic blocks. Chennai is developed with over bridges and flyovers to overcome traffic delays. But, it’s not giving the expecting results because of huge hike of population and number of vehicles. The government of Tamilnadu planned and implemented Chennai Metro to overcome traffic problems.
About Chennai Metro:
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is a organization created at 2007 for implementation of Chennai Metro rail project. Government of Tamilnadu and Government of India have equal share holding at CMRL. Now, CMRL are in control of day to day operation and extension Chennai Metro rail network. “Moving People, Sustaining Growth” is the vision of the CMRL. Currently CMRL is working with dedication on extension of the metro to the prime locations of the metropolitan region.
Majority of Chennai population is migrated from different states of India and other parts of Tamilnadu. Professionals also started choosing Chennai from 2010, due to exponential growth in the IT sector. Support of the Tamilnadu Government results in establishing new firms and IT parks. Now, there have hundreds of IT parks around Chennai Metropolitan. The major aim of the Chennai Metro is to transport professionals traveling from their accommodation to work place. About Tamilnadu Government, there must have a modern transportation for attracting more investments in all sectors.
As you know, Chennai have suburban rail system like Mumbai and Kolkata which is known as Chennai Mass Rapid Transit System. But it’s not sufficient to overcome traffic problems. As a traffic solution hope, Chennai Metro started operation on 29th June of 2015 by inaugurating Green Line from Alandur to Koyambedu. Chennai Metro have total 5 lines and only 2 of them are operational. Upon the operation of the metro, Chennai becomes sixth city in India having the a metro network.
Lines, Extension & Ridership
After one year of begins operation, Chennai Metro connected with Chennai International Airport by opening Blue Line to Little Mount station. The extension of Chennai Metro is very fast when comparing other Metro’s in India. There have two colour coded operational lines for Chennai Metro, That is Blue and Green lines. The 56.65 km of Blue Line and Green Line is connecting with all key locations of Chennai metropolitan region. Still both operational lines are part of expansion plans. Currently, Blue Line have 26 stations and Green Line have 17 stations.
The trains of Chennai Metro networks are designed and delivered by Alstom, a leading rolling stock manufacturer. There have 52 trains in Chennai Metro network and each of them have 4 coaches. The daily ridership of Chennai Metro is about two lakh and the annual number is 73 million. CMRL are expecting big growth in ridership by commissioning of construction ongoing stretches. To increase passengers, CMRL is integrated metro network with all other transportation methods like bus and sub-urban trains. The last expansion of Chennai Metro is occurred on Blue Line at 14th February 2021. This line connecting Washermanpet with Thiruvottriyur, part of North Chennai.
Six Interesting Facts About Chennai Metro:
- An physically disabled or handicapped person can request to wait train for some more seconds by pressing a button at stations.
- Each metro trains at Chennai Metro network can accommodate 1200 commuters without any hassle.
- Chennai Metro is the expensive metro rail in India in terms of ticket fare and construction cost. But, Tamilnadu government are looking to reduce ticket fare by completion of entire metro network construction.
- Chennai Metro trains can operate remotely without drivers. But, CMRL decided to operate train by drivers for some initial days of starting operation. CMRL elected Mrs. Preethi, a 28 year old trained driver to operate first service after inauguration.
- As per decision of CMRL, metro trains will halt at each station for 30 seconds only.
- Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Ashok Nagar and Koyambedu stations are controlling the operation of metro trains. Passengers can also connect with OCC through emergency button at trains in danger situations.
Basic Details of Chennai Metro in a Nutshell:
|Name of the Project||Chennai Metro|
|Owner||Chennai Metro Rail Limited [CMRL]|
|Length||45 km are operational and 50 more kilometers are under construction|
|No. of Stations||42|
|Top Speed||80 kmph|
|No. of Coaches||4 Coached Trains|
|Power Supply||Overhead AC|
|No of Lines||Two Lines – Green & Blue|
|Annual Ridership||More than 7 crores|
|Cost for Completion||2.6 Billion for Phase One|
|Headquarters||CMRL Depot – Poonamallee High Road|
Koyambedu – Chennai