2019 has been an important year as far as the public transport system in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is concerned. On February 10, the last stretch (10 km)— from AG-DMS to Washermanpet—of Chennai Metro’s Phase I project (45.1 km) was thrown open to the public, making Chennai the city with the third largest Metro network in India after Delhi and Hyderabad.
The year has also seen plans for its Phase II project being finalised and work getting underway on the 118.9-km network (128 stations) that would cost Rs 69,180 crore and is expected to be complete by 2026. Further, the efforts of the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) to boost last-mile connectivity on the two corridors that are operational seem to have borne fruit, with an increasing number of commuters using the shared auto and taxi services that have been launched on select Metro stations so far. Read More
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