CHENNAI: The much-awaited Chennai Metro Rail chugged beyond Ashok Nagar for the first time on Sunday, as Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) conducted trial runs from Ashok Nagar to Alandur on the Koyambedu- Alandur line, which is expected to be thrown open to the public in October.
Until now, the CMRL had been conducting trials only from Koyambedu to Ashok Nagar. However, on Sunday, the Brazil-made Metro trains got tested on the newly electrified tracks from Ashok Nagar to Alandur for the first time. The trial run was flagged off by a team of CMRL officials including managing director Pawan Kumar Bansal and other officials from GC and Alstom.
With the trial runs underway, officials said the Metro Rail work was on track and can be expected to be completed by the deadline. “Electrification of the line from Ashok Nagar to Alandur has been completed and we will now be conducting regular trials on this line as well. However, minor work, such as installation of signals and railings, is still pending and will be completed soon,” an official said.
The CMRL also started unloading two new trains that arrived from Brazil, taking the total number of trains from 10 to 12. “Currently, testing is underway in the 10 available trains and we will soon begin testing the newly-arrived trains as well,” an official said.