Chennai: Operations on the first underground stretch of the Chennai Metro will commence on May 14. Sources in New Delhi confirmed that Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu will attend the opening ceremony.
On Tuesday, industries Minister M.C. Sampath inspected the 7.6 kilometer long stretch from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park, as well as the facilities made available to the public, ahead of the launch, according to officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
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- A government source said,“We have got the stretch fully ready. It is operational. The Chief Minister’s Office has also given the nod for the inauguration. The programme is scheduled for Sunday.”
- M.C. Sampath, during the inspection, raised a few queries regarding the operations & provisions at the stations, all of which were clarified, CMRL officials said.
- An official said,“We are now carrying out the finishing work and getting ready for commencing operations.”
- The maximum fare will increase to Rs 60 for the 17 kilometer stretch from Nehru Park - Chennai airport, when this stretch becomes operational.
- At present, Metro fares range between Rs 10 - Rs 50 for the general class and Rs 20 - Rs 100 for the special class.
- This would be the 3rd Metro rail stretch to become operational since the project was launched in 2012.
- Unlike on the elevated stretch, the underground stations will be air-conditioned & equipped with a special feature called ‘platform screen doors’, which would prevent commuters from accessing the tracks.
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