Chennai Metro Rail Operation has Officially Commenced

Chennai Metro’s fare starts from Rs 10.

The Chennai Metro rail operation has officially commenced with the first train en route from Alandur to Koyambedu leaving the station at 12:14 PM IST. The train was steered by a 28-year old woman, that goes by the name A. Preeti, who is a diploma holder in engineering from Chennai-based Government Dharmambal Polytechnic College. The journey commenced soon after it was flagged off by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

The first passenger ride, however, started at 1:30 PM from Alandur station. This metro project with an estimated budget of Rs 14,600 crores was approved back in 2009 and the construction activities followed soon after. It comes with four coaches and is capable of transporting over 1280 passengers. It’s been confirmed that the Metro project will further expand and cover up to 32 stations including Chennai Airport, Chennai Central railway station, Egmore Station, CMBT, MRTS, and more.

The minimum base fare of Chennai Metro is Rs 10, which echoes that of the Delhi Metro.

The official website of Chennai Metro Rail was reportedly down at the time of inauguration, presumably due to an upsurge in traffic, and the site is still not available at the time of writing this article. However, we were told by the officials that they’ve started working on the fix and the site should be available for the users in no time.

Update (2:00 pm): The website issue has been fixed.

Chennai Metro driver Preeti’s father shared his excitement with News Exprezz. “I am excited, my daughter’s dream of becoming a loco pilot of Metro Rail has come true”.

“She quit her first job, applied for a job in Chennai Metro rail, and she was the first woman to get selected. Three other women joined as pilots after her and I am happy that she was successful.”

Stay tuned with News Exprezz as we cover more stories about Chennai Metro.

Neha Choudhary

Neha Choudhary

Neha Choudhary is a News Writer for News Exprezz. She has been covering entertainment news for us since its inception and also writes for other international news media like the Times of India. She is a graduate from Asian College of Journalism, India.

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