Chennai Metro service to the city’s airport may open as early as middle of August, suggest some reports. This is the second stretch of the Chennai Metro, and is 9 kilometre long. The services between Little Mount and Chennai airport are believed to have been given the nod by Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety. According to a media report, I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu is likely to inaugurate the line. The phase I of Chennai Metro, of which this airport stretch is a part, has been under construction for around six years. A part of this phase was inaugurated last year between Koyambedu and Alandur. That stretch is 10.15 km long and is elevated.
The Chennai Metro project aims to provide “fast, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern and economical” mode of public transport. The idea is to integrate metro services with other forms of public and private transport such as buses, sub-urban trains. Last month, the Tamil Nadu government announced that passenger services in the first underground stretch of Chennai Metro will commence by the end of this year. In his budget speech, State FM O Panneerselvam said that services in the elevated stretches from Little Mount to Airport and between Alandur and St Thomas Mount would commence shortly.
O Panneerselvam also said that the Jayalalithaa government will expedite proposal for Phase-II of the metro Rail. This will cover two more corridors for a stretch of 104.50 km. “I hope that these efforts will strengthen the Metro Rail network in Chennai, thereby providing a world-class public transport system,” he had said.