Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today launched the first phase of the Chennai Metro Rail via videoconferencing.
At around 12.15 pm, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, connected through video conference, pressed a button and launched the Chennai Metro train out of the Alandur station today.
28-year-old Preethi drove the metro train out of the Alandur station today when the Chennai Metro rolled out for the first time. From the Alandur metro station, Preethi drove the train to Koyambedu, covering the 10 km stretch in 18 minutes.
The 10 km stretch, which Ms Jayalalithaa would inaugurated through video conferencing, would be covered in 18 minutes. The line is likely to be extended to connect to the airport, further south. Once completed, the Rs. 14,600 crore project would span 45 km and connect 32 stations
The 10-km overhead metro stretch will connect Alandur in south Chennai to Koyabedu in the north and will be covered in 18 minutes.
The metro rail will bear four coaches with a capacity of 1276 passengers. It will cover seven stations in the stretch.
The two corridors of Phase-1 of Chennai Metro Rail will cover a 45-km stretch in the city.
Designed as half underground and the rest elevated, corridor 1 is between Washermanpet and the airport and corridor 2, from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount.
The portions from Washermanpet to Saidapet in corridor I and the portions from Chennai Central to Thirumangalam in corridor II will be underground and the remaining portions will be elevated.