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Some facts about the metro rail in Chennai

India Today; Source: THE HINDU

June 30, 2015

With the metro rail services spreading across the country in many cities, Chennai (formerly Madras) too has launched the Chennai Metro Rail services from June 29. The metropolis now has the new and modern way of commuting. The metro rail was launched by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa via video conference. The project was initiated by the DMK government to provide the city with a world-class mass rapid transport system. Get to know more about the metro in Chennai.

Here are some facts about the Chennai metro:

•The first train was steered by two lady drivers

•Covering a distance of 10 Kilometers, the first train started from Alandur till Koyambedu

•It is said that the trains will run every 10 minutes initially which will be subject to change depending on the number of travellers

•Each train can hold around 1,200 passengers

•It has an average speed of 35 Kilometers per hour and maximum speed of 80 Kilometers per hour

•Every train will halt at each station for around 30 seconds

•In an emergency, passengers can inform the train operator who will then inform the Operation control Centre (OCC) and the passenger will be deboarded at the next station

•OCC will monitor all the trains of Chennai Metro Rail

•The backup for OCC will be at Ashok Nagar and Koyambedu station

•In situations when the train driver falls ill, the train will automatically apply emergency brakes

•The train services will start at 6 AM till Midnight for a total of 19 hours

•The minimum fare is 10 Rupees and the full fare for the entire stretch is 40 Rupees

•The Chennai Metro Rail will cover a span of around 45.1 Kilometers.

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