A superb ride on Chennai MetroThe Chennai Metro is indeed the pride of Chennai, the fourth largest city in India. The city has been growing on all the three sides and the growth has been massive. Even North Chennai is now acquiring a status of its own.
Given the kind of growth, Chennai's Metro will surely minimize congestion of the city roads. Yesterday, I happened to board the Metro train at the Chennai Central Station. It ends at St.Thomas Mount, which is now a very posh area.
The Chennai Central Station is simply world class. There is a massive amount of open space that one understands, is likely to be put to commercial use. The fare to travel up to Vadapalani, in my opinion, at Rs.50/-, is very reasonable. There are thousands who have started using the metro. There was not a single seat left in the compartments.
The air-conditioning is also fine. The train goes very fast and takes less than 30 minutes, vis a vis at least 50 minutes by the MTC buses with huge traffic jams. The Metro authorities would do well to give some discount during the summer months starting March and ending July this year, as an experiment. This will make thousands experience the comfort and the crowds will positively come.
During the summer months, people do like to travel within the city. The last stretch of phase 1 which runs underground, is set to be thrown open to the public within twenty days. Phase 2 will hopefully be completed and the distance of more than 100 kilometeres will really be a boost to the city.