All You Need To Know About Chennai’s Metro Network
Chennai, one of the top five metro cities in India, has been growing leaps and bounds in terms of both infrastructure and real estate. While Delhi has led the way, Chennai, after Mumbai and Bengaluru, has also got its own Metro rail network. The project that received an in-principal approval from the Centre in 2008 was first opened to public in June 2015. The Chennai Metro on May 25 this year has completely delivered the Phase-I. While the detailed project report (DPR) on the Phase-II has been submitted, the project is yet to take off.
Expanding of Phase-I
Phase-I of the Chennai Metro is fully operational. The last two stretches of this phase were inaugurated on May 25. The two new stretches that were open to public recently include Nehru Park to Chennai Central and Saidapet to AG-DMS. Phase-I of the Chennai Metro has two lines – the Blue Line and the Green Line. A 45-km phase, the Blue Line runs between Wimco Nagar and the Chennai International Airport while the Green Line connects Chennai Central with St. Thomas Mount.
This phase, which was initially proposed, is likely to be completed in 2019. On the other hand, an additional extension of the Blue Line towards Wimco Nagar, which was proposed and approved in December 2015, will be operational by 2022.
The coming of Phase-II
The Chennai Metro announced the second phase of the rapid transit system in December 2016. The project is a part of the seven lines that were planned by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the city.
Here are some key facts about the proposed Phase-II of Chennai Metro Rail Project:
*Phase-II of the project will have three corridors and will run 104 kilometres covering 104 stations.
*The corridors are Madhavaram Milk Colony to SIPCOT (44.3 km); CMBT to Light House (15.7 km); and Madhavaram Milk Colony to Sholinganallur (44.6 km).
*The first corridor will run via Padi, Valasaravakkam and Medavakkam; second corridor will touch areas such as Kodambakkam and Luz; and the third corridor will pass through Perambur, Luz, Adyar and ECR.
*While the first phase was largely elevated, the second phase would largely be underground with only a few elevated sections.
*The tentative cost of this project was Rs 85,047 crore. According to officials, while the elevated corridors cost Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore per kilometre, the underground stretch can cost up to Rs 500 crore per kilometre.
*The residents whose houses fall on the planned corridor are now being issues notices as the CMRL begins land acquisition process for construction. The 107.55-km stretch awaits Centre's nod. Since 80 per cent of the Phase-II is underground, the CMRL will acquire 86 acre of land as compared to 180 acre for Phase-I.
*CMRL has identified over 800 properties, to which notices will be issued for land acquisition for the Phase-II. This land will be used to construct 48 stations planned in corridor. So far notices have been issued to nearly 410 owners who have properties along the alignment planned for 19 stations.
Fares & ridership
The fares in the Chennai Metro start at Rs 10 and go up to Rs 70. However, the first coach in every train is first class with tickets costing twice as much as the tickets for the rest of the coaches.
Data released by the Chennai Metro Rail Corporation (CMRL), till February 2018 around 10,700 commuters, who use the metro as a regular mode of commute, have taken more than 7.3 lakh trips.
To boost ridership and promote the use of Metro among commuters, the Chennai Metro had announced three days of free ride and also an additional fourth day. The riders could travel for free in the Chennai Metro between May 25 and May 28. According to the officials at the Chennai Metro, this helped the mass transit system to witness over 3.25 lakh ridership between May 25 and May 27.
The services of the Chennai Metro operate daily between 6 am and 10 pm with a train frequency varying between 10 and 20 minutes.