Jayalalithaa flags off first phase of Chennai metro

Source: www.oneindia.com

Chennai, Jun 29: The first phase of the much anticipated multi-crore Metro Rail chugged into the city on Monday, with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa flagging off the inaugural service steered by a woman driver.

Jayalalithaa launched the services on the Alandur-Koyambedu sector by flagging it off from the state secretariat through live video, throwing open to the public a mass rapid transport system.

The route dedicated to the public is an elevated structure covering a distance of 10.15 km, consisting of Alandur, Ekkathuthangal, Ashok Nagar, Vadapalani, Arumbakkam and Koyambedu Railway stations besides the yard at the last stop, a state government release here said. The route of the train has been mainly on the busy 100 ft road and would cater to lakhs of commuters when fully completed. The first train having four coaches, which left at 12.15 PM from Alandur to Koyambedu was driven by A Preethi, a 28- year-old diploma holder in engineering from Government Dharmambal Polytechnic College here.

The flower decked sprawling and swanky Alandur metro station, the biggest in Chennai, was brimming with activity, with enthusiastic passengers eager to board the first train. More info

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