Chennai

First day ride in Chennai Metro

Entrance to Ekattuthangal station - Chennai Metro

It was 3 PM, I was sitting in my desk browsing news sites when it caught my attention – the launch of Chennai Metro, after a wait of four years by citizens of the city. Instead of a post lunch nap, I decided to go for a ride in Metro, which was opened just 3 hours before by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The Ekattuthangal station for Metro was just few feet from my office. I traveled from Ekattuthangal to Koyambedu and return, the whole journey took about 1 hour, costed Rs.40 one way, for common man it’s certainly expensive I should say.

Currently there are two platforms, one platform for trains going from Koyambedu to Alandur, another platform for the reverse. You can buy a blue colour plastic token for one time travel at the counter by paying cash or use one of the vending machines which dispense Travel card as well for multiple trips. If you are using the blue token, on entry you waive it in top of the automated gates and on exit you drop it in the same automated gates there.

You can see airport like baggage security at every entrance, legible sign boards in Tamil & English every where to point you to correct platforms. I was impressed with security guards posted at every platform to whistle and warn people not to cross the yellow line in front of the tracks. The stations, coaches, signs & security arrangements were all clean and fresh, hope my fellow citizens will cooperate with the authorities in maintaining it that way.

Entrance to Ekattuthangal station - Chennai Metro

Entrance to Ekattuthangal station – Chennai Metro

Chennai Metro Fares chart

Chennai Metro Fares chart

Happy to be holding the blue token for first day ride

Happy to be holding the blue token for first day ride

Chennai Metro ticket gates

Chennai Metro ticket gates

Airports style check in every entry point - Chennai Metro. Not sure how it can handle crowd?

Airports style check in every entry point – Chennai Metro. Not sure how it can handle crowd?

Selfie with a running Chennai Metro coach

Selfie with a running Chennai Metro coach

Screens everywhere showing arrival time in Tamil & English

Screens everywhere showing arrival time in Tamil & English

After a quick wait (never more than 10 minutes) when the train arrives, they are sight to see

After a quick wait (never more than 10 minutes) when the train arrives, they are sight to see

The coaches are bright, decorated with garlands. This picture is after people got down.

The coaches are bright, decorated with garlands. This picture is after people got down.

Wide staircases, escalators and lifts available for entry and exit

Wide staircases, escalators and lifts available for entry and exit

Currently only 7 stations in the green line has been opened, others are under construction

Currently only 7 stations in the green line has been opened, others are under construction

The control room in the Koyambedu station - Chennai metro

The control room in the Koyambedu station – Chennai metro

There was good crowd in Koyambedu station when I bought my return ticket

There was good crowd in Koyambedu station when I bought my return ticket

After buying ticket for Ekattuthangal I wrongly got off in CMBT (Chennai Moffussil Bus Terminus) station, only to realise the last stop Koyambedu is the next station and it’s next to Koyambedu wholesale Vegetable market.

View of Chennai

View of Chennai Moffussil Bus Terminus from Chennai Metro station there

The view of the city from Chennai Metro is awesome, see the brief video of the view of Vadapalani area.


Also published on Medium.

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