Chennai Metro Rail
Being the 4th largest city in India with the population of the metropolitan area being about 8 million and vehicular population around 26Lakhs, till date Chennai is being served with the transport systems - Suburban rails, MTRS and MTC buses.
Chennai Metro Rail Limited - incorporated on 03 December 2007 under the Companies Act has now been converted into a Joint Venture of Government of India and Government of Tamil nadu with equal equity holding.
The newly introduced Metro Rail is faster, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern and economical mode of public transport which is properly with other forms of public and private transports including buses, sub urban trains and MTRTS.
The long wait of people of the city to travel by Chennai Metro Rail finally come to an end with the first service chugging off at noon on 29-June-2015 after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the project through a video conference
Four years after work began, the first metro train left Alandur station for Koyambedu. Steered by a young woman, the first train of the Chennai Metro Rail chugged along from Alandur Station in Chennai after being flagged off !
The train operation plan provides for 4.5 minutes Headway with 4 – Car train in Corridor – I & II during peak hours and 10 minutes Headway during lean hours in the initial stage of train service.
Koyambedu to Alandur: 15 minutes
1. The trains run on a fixed time table everyday. The timetable is prepared the previous day factoring in frequency, peak and non-peak hour etc. An announcement system is in place to inform passengers of an incoming train.
2. In case of an emergency, a passenger can get in touch with train operator. He communicates with the operation control centres who in turn intimate it to the next station controller to deboard the passenger.
3. Operation Control Centre (OCC) is the nerve centre where all trains of Chennai Metro Rail will be monitored.
4. Currently, there are seven people in OCC including chief controller and traffic controllers.
5. If the driver falls ill during train operation, the train automatically applies emergency brake and stops.
6. If there is a problem at the OCC, the control is transferred to backup stations like Ashok Nagar and Koyambedu.
7. The trains are currently tested on both manual and automatic mode.
8. Chennai Metro Rail trains are equipped to run without train operators. But for a while, they will run with train operators.
While lots of good things happen there will always be a room for gossips..
Regarding the tariff it might end up burning a hole in the pockets of commuters. With a fare of Rs. 40 for 10 km between Alandur and Koyambedu, Chennai Metro Rail is now the costliest in the country.
Did you travel by the Metro yet? Share your story :)
Source inputs: The hindu