Chennai: Beginning 19 July, Chennai Metro Rail trains will start running at 8 a.m. on Sundays. According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), on Sundays, the trains will start running from 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. (like the other days).
“This change in timings is to give us some additional time for routine maintenance work of trains. The change in timings is not because of the traffic,” an official said. So, the first train will leave Alandur for Koyambedu at 8 a.m. and the last train will leave Alandur at 10 p.m.
After a six-year wait, the Chennai Metro Rail, built at a cost of Rs. 14,600 crore, was launched on 29 June in the 10 km stretch between Koyambedu and Alandur.
The trains are currently running at an average speed of 34 km/hour and halt for about 30 seconds in each station. Each train can carry around 1,200 people and now nine trains are running between Koyambedu and Alandur.
The fares of Chennai Metro Rail range from Rs. 10-40. The special class fares are double that of the ordinary class fares and range from Rs.20-80.