The first phase of Chennai Metro Rail service was on 29 June 2015 launched by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The first phase of Metro service covers the 10-km elevated stretch. It connects Alandur in south Chennai to Koyabedu in the north.
The whole project is implemented by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). The project was approved by then Congress-led UPA government in 2009.
With launching of this Metro service, Chennai became seventh city in India to have metro service including Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Kolkata and Jaipur.
Highlights of the first phase of Chennai Metro Rail Service
• The 10-km overhead stretch, from Alandur in south Chennai to Koyabedu in the north, will be covered in 18 minutes.
• The metro will bear four coaches with a capacity of 1276 passengers.
• It will cover seven stations in the stretch- Koyambedu, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, Ashok Nagar, Ekkattuthangal.
• The two corridors of Phase-1 of Chennai Metro Rail cost 16500 rupees to the state and 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. While, corridor 2 is from Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount and is likely to be ready by the 2015 end.
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When: 29 June 2015