PM, CM jointly in­au­gu­rate last leg of Wash­er­man­pet metro line

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

THE much-awaited 9.9 km metro rail stretch which was in­au­gu­rated on Sun­day, was re­ceived with much ex­cite­ment by res­i­dents of north Chen­nai who can now travel to cen­tral and south­ern parts of the City in less than 20 min­utes. The fi­nal leg of Chen­nai Metro Rail’s phase I stretch was jointly in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami on Sun­day via video con­fer­enc­ing from Tirup­pur. Trains along the 9.9km stretch which will con­nect north­ern parts of the city to the south­ern, were flagged off by min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Fish­eries Min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar, Min­is­ter for In­dus­tries M C Sam­path, CMRL man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pankaj Bansal and oth­ers. Of­fi­cials and their fam­ily mem­bers trav­elled in the newly in­au­gu­rated stretch with a fe­male driver be­ing the loco pilot. With the com­mence­ment of this pend­ing stretch, phase one of the metro rail project that started in 2009, of­fi­cially com­pletes a full cir­cle. Pas­sen­gers can travel along this stretch at a cost of `50- `60. “We, the res­i­dents of North Chen­nai, are ex­tremely happy that we are con­nected to the city through an tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced sys­tem. The im­age of this part of the city will go through a com­plete makeover as CMRL has ar­rived at Wash­er­man­pet,” said Muhammed, a north Chen­nai res­i­dent. The cur­rently func­tional AG DMS sta­tion at Tey­nam­pet will be con­nected to Wash­er­man­pet sta­tion. Eight un­der­ground sta­tions in­clud­ing Wash­er­men­pet, Man­nadi, High Court, Cen­tral, Govern­ment Es­tate, LIC, Thou­sand Lights and AG-DMS will be open from Mon­day, said CMRL of­fi­cials. Due to the on­go­ing trial runs in the 45 kilo­me­trephase one stretch of metro rail, pas­sen­gers can travel for free along this stretch till Mon­day night.

P JAWA­HAR

Union Min­is­ter (sec­ond from R) Hardeep Singh Puri and TN min­is­ters MC Sam­path and D JayaKu­mar travel in metro af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion |

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