First ride in a Chennai Metro train

At a Quarter to twelve on Feb. 15, afternoon, the train operator switches to ‘isolater mode’ and presses the start button. With a slight jolt, the Chennai Metro Rail train takes off from CMBT Metro Rail station. Since it is only a trial run, the train crawls at 10 kmph on the elevated corridor and reaches Ashok nagar in half an hour. While the train open automatically, they shut only ofter the driver looks at the CCTV cameras and hits the close button. The pre-recorded announcements inform passengers of the route and destination details; this, apart from the electronic route map in both English and Tamil on either side of each car. Should there be an emergency, there is an internal manual alarm or passengers can speak directly to the train operator through the intercom : there is also a helpline which will enable passengers to conduct CMRL.

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