Chennai test-drives coaches for its metro

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday flagged off the test run of the rolling stock of the Chennai Metro Rail system, marking an important milestone in the execution of the Metro Rail project.

Before flagging off at the Koyambedu depot here, she spent about 10 minutes inside the four-coach train car. Chennai Metro Rail Limited Managing Director K. Rajaraman explained to her features of the train car. The Chief Minister went to the driver's cabin of the train car and spent some time there. She also switched on the flow of traction power to the 800-metre-long test track.

She waited till the train car completed its test run and returned to the spot, from where the car started.

Arrangements for Test Run
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All Ministers and senior officials took part in the event that lasted about 30 minutes.

he Brazillian-made metro rail is being constructed at a cost of Rs 14,600 crore, aiming to provide modern and swift transportation solution to the congested city.

Being implemented by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), services will be operated on two routes, Washermanpet-Airport (23.085 km) and the Chennai Central-St.Thomas Mount stretch, covering over 21 km.

CMRL officials said the Koyambedu-St.Thomas mount stretch is expected to come to public use by next April.

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French company Alstom will produce the trains for CMRL. Of the total of 42 trains of four rakes each, nine are being manufactured in the firm's Brazil facility while the rest will be made at its plant in Andhra Pradesh.

During the course of time, two more coaches could be added to the trains, which officials claim has many commuter-friendly features.

These include luggage facilities for office-goers which they said was not available in the existing Metro rail services in Delhi and Bengaluru.

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Other features include AC facilities, special facilities for the physically disabled such as longer stoppage options and CCTV camera.

The four-rake trains can accommodate 176 persons seated while 1,100 persons can stand, they said adding the train would undergo a series of tests in the coming months after which it would be put to safety certification.

Of the Rs 14,600 crore, the Central and state governments are providing a share capital of 15 per cent each. Centre and the Tamil Nadu government will also give subsidiary debt of five and 5.78 per cent respectively.

A Demo Before Test Run
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide loans for the rest 59.22 per cent, officials said.

the honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu – J Jayalalitha flagged off the 800-meter test run at 2 pm, Koyambedu, Chennai. The four-coupe train has been furnished in Brazil with exotic technologies and spellbinding looks.

To run across the distance of 45kms across Chennai, the underground operation will happen for 24kms and 21kms over the bridge.

Keywords: Chennai Metro Rail Limited, CMRL, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Chennai metro rail project
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