Chennai Metro Rail Limited's second line, the 8.61 km stretch from Little Mount to Chennai Airport, was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu here yesterday.
The new elevated line on Stage 1A of Phase I of the metro project has six stations -- Little Mount, Guindy, Alandur, Nanganallur Road, Meenambakkam and Airport, which were also inaugurated on the occasion.
In addition, the St. Thomas Mount Metro Station which is on Corridor II of Chennai Metro Rail was also inaugurated.
Ms. Jayalalithaa noted that the 10.15 km elevated section from Koyambedu to Alandur had been inaugurated on June 29 last year and that pasenger operations on the 1.28 km stretch from Alandur to St. Thomas Mount would be commenced shortly after obtaining clearance from the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety. With that the entire 20 km elevated section of the Chennai Metro Rail Project, would become operational.
"Trains will run from Koyambedu to St Thomas Mount, connecting with suburban train services at St Thomas Mount and with mofussil and other bus services at Koyambedu. Very soon, direct trains will be run on the loop line available at Alandur so that direct train connections can be provided from Koyambedu to the Airport, without having to change at Alandur," she said.
"All these are steps towards realizing my vision of making Chennai a truly modern city of the 21st century with all amenities for its residents. The share of public transport in Chennai will be substantially enhanced with seamless integration of buses, suburban train services, air services, metro rail and eventually the monorail," she said.
Mr. Naidu said that, with the opening of the new line, Chennai now had around 19 km of metro lines operational, out of the total 45 kilometres of Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase 1.
The elevated section from Koyambedu to Alandur (10.15 km) of Phase-1 was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in June 2015. In June 2016, the Government of India had approved the extension of the Chennai Metro Phase-1 from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar for about nine kilometres for a total cost of Rs. 3,770 crore.
Mr. Naidu said the Centre had so far released about Rs. 10,000 crore for the Chennai Metro Phase-1 project. He said that with today’s inauguration, about 324 kilometres of metro rail will be operational in the country in the cities of Delhi and NCR, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Mumbai.
Around 520 kilometres ar is presently under construction in various cities including Delhi and NCR, Kolkata, Chennai, Chennai, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Lucknow and another around 553 kilometres are under consideration, he added.