Chennai Metro | Chennai’s first underground metro rail line may open soon

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Chennai: Chennai’s first underground metro rail line between Koyambedu and Nehru Park may soon be opened to the public, as a team led by commissioner of metro rail safety K A Manohar began final round of inspections in the stretch on Wednesday.

“Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) has submitted documents related to the stretch. We will conduct inspections for two days,” said Manohar before heading for the inspections.

The team comprising the commissioner, three deputy commissioners and supporting staff will inspect around 7.63km downline between Nehru Park to Koyambedu and around 4.54km upline between Koyambedu and Shenoy Nagar.

They will inspect tracks, tunnels, air-conditioning systems, fire prevention mechanisms, knowledge of staff, ticketing and passenger amenities.

Trains will be run on the stretch and tested for its safety. They will also check functioning of the platform screen doors.

Once the underground line gets operational, residents from areas like Kilpauk, Shenoy Nagar, Aminjikarai, Anna Nagar, Thirumangalam and Koyambedu can take a ride in the train all the way up to the airport with a single ticket.

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