PM, CM jointly inaugurate last leg of Washermanpet metro line
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.
Union Minister (second from R) Hardeep Singh Puri and TN ministers MC Sampath and D JayaKumar travel in metro after the inauguration |