Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chennai Metro Rail adds service to airport

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today inaugurated metro rail service (through video conference) from Chennai Airport to Little Mount in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan.

The St Thomas Mount metro station, which is Corridor II of the project, was also inaugurated. Operations on Corridor I on the lower level of the Alandur metro station will also commence from today, she said.

She had already inaugurated 10.15-km elevated section from Koyambedu to Alandur on June 29, 2015. Passenger operations on the 1.28-km stretch from Alandur to St Thomas Mount will commence shortly after obtaining clearance from the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety. With that, the entire 20 km elevated section of the project would become operational, she said.

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 the passengers having to change at Alandur, she said.

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.
21/09/16 Business Line
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