Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, on September 21, 2016, inaugurated the services on the second elevated corridor of the Chennai Metro Rail Project (CMRP).
The second elevated corridor covers a distance of 8.6 kms, with six stations at Airport, Meenambakkam, Nanganallur Road, Alandur, Guindy and Little Mount.
The first metro train, was piloted by a woman loco pilot, Amsaveni, from the Airport station.
Jayalalithaa had inaugurated the 10.15-km elevated Koyambedu-Alandur section, on June 29, 2015. The CM added that services on the 1.28-km stretch, from Alandur to St Thomas Mount, would also commence soon, after obtaining clearance from the commissioner for metro rail safety. When that becomes functional, the entire 20 km elevated sector of the Chennai Metro Rail Project (CMRP), would be operational. It would connect with suburban train services and mofussil and other bus services. Trains would be soon run on a loop line at Alandur, which would ensure direct connection from Koyambedu to the Airport, without having to change at Alandur, she said.
“All these are steps towards realising the vision, of making Chennai a truly modern city of the 21st century, with all amenities for its residents,” Jayalalithaa said. She expressed confidence that the share of public transport in Chennai would go up substantially, with seamless integration of buses, suburban train services, air services, metro rail and eventually, the monorail.
“I acknowledge the support of the government of India, in the implementation of the Metro Rail project,” the CM said. She also thanked Japan for its support, noting that it was the state’s largest development partner and expressed hope that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would continue to support the CMRP.