Year-ender: CMRL concludes 2018 with a long list of initiatives

Chennai: One of the active departments of the government this year was, indeed, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL). While carrying out infrastructure development works on one side, the department never failed to ensure last mile connectivity of its passengers.

Not only that, it also organised a host of social initiatives for the welfare the passengers and general public. So, News Today presents you with some of the important developments of CMRL in 2018.


The year began with Metro Rail installing a of 50 MW solar streetlights at its staff quarters. This was in addition to installation of such lights at  various metro stations and solar panels to be set up to generate 6 MW power.


About Rs 6 crore was sanctioned for the construction of a foot over-bridge across GST Road at Alandur metro station.


A proposal was made to convert the land beneath Kathipara grade separator as urban square-cum-multi-modal interchange point which meant that the 50,000 square metres of empty space beneath the Kathipara grade separator will be put to optimum use by having an MTC bus pick-up and drop facility besides having passenger amenities like kiosks and ATMs.


CMRL announced that it has recorded a sudden surge in the number of passengers witnessing 28,000 foot-falls which is a 27 per cent rise from the usual number of commuters in this month.


Two key metro rail lines from Central to Shenoy Nagar and AG-DMS to Little Mount via Saidapet (beneath Anna Salai) and four stations became operational providing much-needed connectivity to Chennai Central.


CMRL announced that for the first time in India, it has introduced a state-of-art platform control doors which are not only energy efficient but also provide good safety to the commuters.

It also proposed plans to install charging ports at four important transit hubs: Koyambedu, Thirumangalam, Alandur and St Thomas Mount. Officials said each station will be capable of charging 10 bikes and five cars simultaneously. On 25 June, CMRL introduced monthly educational trips for students.


CMRL in association with Kreeda kick-started traditional board games for passengers and public at its stations. The programme continued on till 13 August.

On the occasion, passengers played various traditional games like Pallanguzhi, Parama Patham, Aadu Puli Aatam, Kattam Vilaiyattu, Nakshatra Vilaiyattu, Nallu Katta Dhayam, Dhadi, etc.


Cab feeder services in five metro transit hubs and share autos in seven stations were introduced. The vehicles are being operated between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm every day with a pickup and drop every half-an-hour. A photo exhibition in association with Photographic Society of Madras   (PSM) was conducted at Vadapalani Metro Station on 19 August .


Passengers of Metro trains went through a harrowing experience on 12 September after services got affected. Trains were halted after the signalling software got corrupted.

On 29 September, a roof slate of Shenoy Nagar metro station fell on an woman passenger injuring her. While passenger opined about the hasty completion of the work as the reason for the accident, metro officials said it was a minor accident post which medical aid was given to the woman.


CMRL commissioned its 103 KWp rooftop solar PV power systems installed in the ancillary buildings of four underground metro stations. Officials said they will be saving around Rs 6 lakh per year in electricity bill with the new setup.



Metro trains again faced a major breakdown on 23 November leading to passengers facing great difficulty. Officials said the issue happened due to traction supply malfunction and were later rectified.

On 27 November, CMRL commissioned 1,120 KWp solar power plant on the roofs of Alandur and St Thomas Mount Metro stations and on the ground at Metro Rail Depot, Koyambedu. This project is said to generate around 1,51,200 units per month saving around Rs 69,49,152 lakh per year for the department.


The final train of CMRL’s phase one project was rolled out on 7 December by Consortium of M/s Alstom Transport S A and M/s Alstom Transport India Ltd at their Sri City plant. With this, CMRL also placed order for 10 more trains with the consortium.

On 10 December, CMRL announced its plans to extend Metro line all the way to Kilambakkam near Vandalur where the proposed mega bus terminus is going to come up. The department said it has started initial processes to extend the line from the current Airport Station. It also initiated a feasibility study by floating tenders to find an agent for the job.

Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on 11 December informed that ‘Make in India’ trains aren’t mandatory for phase two leading to CMRL gearing up to get the loan for the project from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which offers low interest and long repay term.

S Ben Raja