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Chennai MRTS | Mass Rapid Transport System


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Chennai MRTS

A census taken in 2001, revealed the requirement for a Rapid Transport System in all cities having a population of three million. Accordingly, eight cities in India were included for the introduction of Metro Rail, a viable solution to handle the sharp increase in the population of cars, two-wheelers and private buses and share autos.



Metro Rail project symbolizes advanced railway system. It helps to decongest the crowded road corridors and offers a more environment friendly mass transportation alternative. Delhi and Calcutta are reaping the advantages of Metro Rail. The project was launched in Mumbai in 2006 and would be completed by 2010. Other cities part of the recommendation list includes Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune.


In accordance with the feasibility report, Chennai is all set to have a metro rail of international standards to meet the increasing traffic congestion. A metropolitan city subject to rapid changes of late, the burgeoning population, rising air pollution, non-stop traffic congestion combined with the increase in commuter demands has made the introduction of metro mail project in Chennai an inevitable mass transport option.


Metro Rail Benefits

The partly elevated partly underground metro rail project along Anna Salai and Poonamallee High Road will reduce Chennai's commuter's problems to appreciable level. Consisting of two corridors, the project is likely to be completed in 51/2 years. The first corridor with 22 stations will cover an entire distance of 27.3 kms from Toll Gate to Kamaraj Airport. The second corridor with 18 stations will cover 21.8 km stretch from Fort station to Guindy. If the metro rail project is really on fast track, chennaiists can afford to dream of:


  • Non-polluting mass transport service

  • Drastic cut in commutation time

  • Less polluted air to breathe and live

  • Cut in accident rates

  • Reduction in fuel consumption

  • Reduction in other vehicular traffic

  • State- of-the art transport to attract economic investment

  • Overall improvement in quality of life.

The first phase of the Chennai MRTS was opened to passengers in November 1995. Efforts have been made to coordinate bus services from the MRTS stations. Parking facilities have also been provided. It has been noticed that not enough use is being made of the MRTS, mainly on account of the fare which is about 50% more than the bus fares. Besides the frequency of trains is not adequate. As the MRTS is extended to Velachery and beyond to St. Thomas Mount, it is expected to see better usage.


Chennai MRTS