Chennai Metro completes a year, Patronage still low

Chennai, June 29: A year ago, Chennai Metro Rail was commissioned today between Koyembedu and Alandur. It was launched with around 40,000 commuters taking a ride making it to a total of 41 lakh metro travelers in lat one year.

Despite making anough profits and attracting enough commuters, authorities are still finding difficulties with increasing its patronage as compared to Delhi Metro or Bangalore Metro.

The fares of Chennai Metro are the costliest in the country with fares ranging from Rs. 10 to 40 for the 10-km ride.

The number of passengers have fairly reduced due to few reasons – one being the high costing ticket and second being no bus services connecting the stations and interior areas.

”Earlier this year, MTC introduced three new small bus routes connecting Alandur and CMBT metro stations, and since June 2012, MTC has 10 small buses plying for Chennai Metro Rail Limited on seven different routes. But these buses are not reliable because they do not have a timetable”, reports TOI.

According to The Hindu reports, ”but officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said they had taken initiatives like bringing in food stalls at stations to attract more passengers. We have had a lot of advertisements on trains and there are several food stalls at all stations along this corridor. This will soon increase the number of people taking the Chennai Metro. We have earned about Rs. 5 crore from these property development initiatives, an official said.”

Also, the officials have stated that they are planning to bring more development at the stations for the convineince of passengers.