Chennai (also known as Madras) is the latest global city to adopt a metro system. Chennai’s metro system, opened on June 29th, joins Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Kolkata as the only metros in India.
The Chennai metro was built with an estimated cost of Rs.14, 600 (Rupees) and is a joint venture by the Tamil Nadu State Government and the Government of India. Currently, the stretch from Alandur to Koyambedu (7.89km or 4.9 miles) is open and a full-distance, normal class ticket costs Rs.40 which is the equivalent of $0.63 USD. There is also a special class for those with the need for a higher class of travel. The metro is also environmentally-friendly. It uses 1/5th less energy than cars per km traveled by passenger. The biggest complaint towards the Chennai metro is that the stations are hard to access.
Overall, the Chennai metro is a viable option for those who want fast, reliable, and clean transportation in Chennai. At Rs.40 ($0.63) the Chennai metro is also affordable while, being high-quality.