Jayalalithaa Flags Off Chennai Metro Service
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurates first phase of metro service in the city today.
After about six years of wait, Chennai enters the league of cities that run Metro rails. Chief Minister J Jayalalitha launched the first phase of metro that runs between Koyambedu and Alandur.
Chennai has become the sixth city in India to have metro rail systems along with Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Jaipur. Here are six things that you should know about Chennai Metro.
1. The driver for the first metro train will be a woman. Preethi, who has a diploma in engineering, quit her first job and applied to the Chennai Metro, reported NDTV.
2. The ambitious project is being done at a total cost of Rs 14,600 crores.
3. The tickets for a Metro ride range from Rs 10 to Rs 40.
4. There are five stations in the 10 km long over-head stretch, between Koyambedu and Alandur, the dwell time at each station will be 35 seconds. (CMBT, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok-Nagar, Ekkattuthangal)
5. A metro train can accommodate 1,200 people and can travel at maximum speed of 80 Km/hour. It takes about 18 minutes to cover the length.
6. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, inaugurated the metro rail service of Chennai city.
(With inputs from The News Minute)
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