Chennai Metro Update: Metro Rail Services resumed with 50% passenger occupancy

Operations of Chennai Metro services re-commenced with effect from today 21.06.2021 (Monday). As per the instructions from Government of Tamil Nadu for restriction of passenger occupancy to 50% for curbing the spread of Covid-19, Chennai Metro Rail Limited has decided to allow passenger occupancy up to 50% (seating only).

  • Chennai Metro Rail services were suspended w.e.f from 10th May 2021, in view of the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Passengers are requested to wear Face Masks properly and maintain social distancing while waiting in the Metro Stations and also during travelling in Metro Trains and to cooperate in the fight against the spread of Covid 19.

Train Services:

  • Initially the Train services will be operational from 06:30 am to 09:00 pm.
  • The timings will be suitably changed based on the requirement in a gradual manner.
  • CMRL will commence metro train services in as follows:
    • Blue Line (Between Airport Metro Station and Wimco Nagar Metro Station)
    • Green Line (between St. Thomas Mount and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Metro): From 21.06.2021, Monday with Peak Hour [Morning: 06:30 am to 09:00 am and Evening: 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm] headway of 5minutes and Non-Peak Hour headway of 10 minutes.
  • All Trains and Metro Stations will be disinfected frequently for safety and security of passengers.
  • Crowd Control/Platform Management Staff will be deployed at Stations to ensure social distancing and safe de-boarding/ boarding of passengers at all times.
  • Passengers are advised to wear their Face Masks properly, maintain social distancing keeping distance of 6 ft. while waiting in platform and travelling in train.
  • Suitable markings like “X” has been indicated on alternate seats both in trains and platforms so that passengers can sit on alternate seats to ensure social distancing.

Recent Update:

Meanwhile, CMRL has invited sealed tenders from Reputed and Experienced General Consultants through International Competitive Bidding (ICB) for the Selection of General Consultant (GC) for Chennai Metro Rail Phase 2 Project – Corridor 4 and part of Corridor-3 & 5.

Key Details:

  • NIT No: CMRL-P2-GC-02-2021
  • Name of work: Selection of General Consultant (GC) for Chennai Metro Rail Phase 2 Project – Corridor 4 and part of Corridor-3 & 5.
  • Completion period of the work: 63 Months
  • Pre-bid Meeting: 16/06/2021 at 15:00 hrs
  • Last Date and Time of submission of Tender: 14/07/2021 Up to 18:00 hrs
  • Date and Time of opening of Tender: 15/07/2021 at 10.00 hrs

The Government of India has approved the Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase 2 (hereinafter referred to as “the Project”) which is to meet growing traffic demand by constructing approximately 65 Kms with 70 Stations of Mass Rapid Transit System to mitigate worsening road traffic / traffic pollution and eventually lead to balanced regional development and improvement of metropolitan atmospheric environmental condition in Chennai Metropolitan Area.

The corridor wise detail is as following:

  • Corridor 3 (Extension): Sholinganallur to SIPCOT excluding Sholinganallur station (10 Stations)
  • Corridor 4: Light house to Poonamallee bypass (30 Stations)
  • Corridor 5 (Extension): CMBT to Sholinganallur excluding CMBT & Sholinganallur stations (30 Stations)

The Construction Works is expected to be completed by June 2026.

Source: CMRL-Press Release