Steered by a young woman, the first train of the Chennai Metro Rail chugged along from Alandur Station in Chennai on Monday after being flagged off by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The first train left at 12.15 pm from Alandur to Koyambedu. The facilities launched as the train was flagged off covered seven stations – Koyambedu, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok Nagar, Ekkattuthangal and Alandur, according to The Times of India.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the train by flagging it off via live video from the State Secretariat in Chennai.
The train from Alandur to Koyambedu covers a 10-km stretch which houses an inter-state bus terminus as well as a vegetable wholesale market,according to Hindustan Times.
Including the stoppage time at the six stations between the 10-km stretch, a train would cover the distance in under 10 minutes, whereas the same distance, by road with smooth traffic, takes around 45 minutes, according to the report. More info