Jayalalithaa Flags Off Chennai Metro Service 

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurates first phase of metro service in the city today.

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Chennai metro getting inaugurated.&nbsp;(Photo: <i>The News Minute</i>)

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.

A Preethi (right), the first driver of the Chennai metro train. (Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/itisprashanth/status/615450413131780096">Twitter.com/@itisprashanth</a>)
A Preethi (right), the first driver of the Chennai metro train. (Photo: Twitter.com/@itisprashanth)

2. The ambitious project is being done at a total cost of Rs 14,600 crores.

(Photo: <i>The News Minute</i>)
(Photo: The News Minute)

3. The tickets for a Metro ride range from Rs 10 to Rs 40.

(Photo: <i>The News Minute</i>)
(Photo: The News Minute)

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)

Line map on the <a href="http://chennaimetrorail.gov.in/linemap.pdf">CMRL website</a>.
Line map on the CMRL website.

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.

(Photo: <i>The News Minute</i>)
(Photo: The News Minute)

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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