Chennai, India (Urban Transport News): A 9 km metro corridor is making its way for its opening in North Chennai by June 2020, 10 new train sets have been added for the line which reached the CMRL depot at Koyembedu on Thursday. Before starting the functioning of the trains they will be first gone through a series of tests like high and low-speed checks at the mainland and depot, CMRL added. The trains will cover a stretch of 9 km starting from Washermenpet and Wimco Nagar.
The trainsets were being manufactured at Alston’s factory in Sri City Andhra Pradesh. The total cost of the supply is about Rs 200 crores with loan assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The whole manufacturing of the trains started in February 2019. The trains were undergone through a lot of tests and check including the car dimensional checks, water tightness checks, static routine traction and brake tests which was all approved by the CMRL. The first delivery was made in October 2019.
Phase 1 of the Chennai Metro Rail project which covers a distance of 45 Km has been fully operational since February 10, 2019. The phase 1 project from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar is being implemented at an estimated completion cost of Rs. 3,770 crore. Now, Alstom has completed the delivery of all 10 train sets under the contract for the supply of rolling stock for phase 1 extension.
However, speculations are made that the deployment of 10 new trains will not be enough to operate services in every 2.5 minutes on both the corridors simultaneously. “We will need 33 trains in each corridor to operate in the 2.5-minute frequency,” an official said. It is also said that operating every2.5 minutes is only possible when there will be an increase in the footfall of the passengers up to 4 lakh which is about 1 lakh as of now as against the estimated 7.76 lakh.
The new line and addition in trains will lead to a new transit change in the modern cities and people will use the trains and it will save their time and energy and will have faster access to other transit hubs that are not connected through any other form of transport. The first trainset was supplied in October last year.