Chennai Metro Phase II to introduce driverless trains, to be operational by 2026

Construction of the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail, which has just started, is progressing rapidly and will have driverless trains relying solely on signals. “Work on Phase II of Chennai Metro Rail is proceeding at a very fast pace. Phase II will be based entirely on unattended train operation. There will be no drivers; trains will run on signals,” said Rajesh Chaturvedi, Director (Systems-Operations) , Chennai Metro Rail. A 118.9 km network with 128 stations is planned for the expansion of Phase II. There are three: Corridor 3 from Madhavaram to SIPCOT (45.8 km), Corridor 4 from the lighthouse to the Poonamalle Bypass (26.1 km) and Corridor 5 from Madhavaram to Sholinganallur (47 km). The estimated cost of the project is Rs 63246 crore.

This proposal is pending and approved by the Government of India. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2026, read an official statement from Chennai Metro Rail. The Chennai Metro Phase I expansion was inaugurated on February 14 last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The project was completed at a cost of Rs. 3,770 crores. The 9.05 km extension connected northern Chennai with the airport and the main railway station. He also opened the fourth railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu.

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This 22.1 km section, laid out for Rs 293.40 crores, crosses Chennai and Thiruvallur districts. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Prime Minister O Panneerselvam also attended the inauguration.

(With input from ANI)

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