10 Lesser Known Facts About Chennai Metro That Will Blow Your Mind

Written by admin Published on Jun 29, 2016 | 00:53 AM IST | 178

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With the launch of its metro, Chennai has become the fifth Indian city to have metro connectivity. Today, marking a year of completion, let’s see some of the lesser known facts about our Chennai Metro.


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1. Chennai Metro trains are to be automated and run without drivers. However, they will have operators for a while. 

2. Physically-challenged passengers have an option of pressing a button to make the train stop for a longer time in a station. 

3. The five trains would make 192 trips in two directions. 

4. The major loan for the project comes from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It  has funded 59.22%. The Centre has contributed a just 15%. 

5. The completed project would cover a total of 45 kms in two routes – around 23 kms from Wannarapet to Airport, and 21 kms from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount. 

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6. Chennai Metro becomes  India’s most expensive metro rail service. passengers  will be paying  Rs. 40 for a 10 kms journey where as passengers in Delhi pay Rs. 18 and Bangalore pay  Rs. 23 respectively. 

7. The capacity of each train is a  maximum of 1,200 passengers. 

8. The final metro rail network is expected to cover 32 stations – 19 underground and 13 elevated. 

9. The Chennai Metro’s average speed is 35 kmph of Bangalore’s 34 kmph and Delhi’s 36 kmph. 

10. The first train’s operator was a women named A. Preethi. She was specially trained for a year and half for her role of being an operator. 

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