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Chennai Metro: Ridership shoots up to 82.53 lakhs in July and TN govt to buy 28 more six-coach trains

According to Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), the number of passengers using the Chennai Metro increased significantly from 74.06 lakhs in June to 82.53 lakhs in July.

The CMRL announcement also noted that on July 28, 3,08,495 ridership was the highest ever in a single day. The fast transit system carried 4.95 crore people in the first seven months of 2023.

According to data made public by the CMRL, there has been a notable increase in the number of people using Metro services during morning and evening rush hours.

Officials claimed that the hassle-free experience offered by Chennai Metro was the reason for the surge in ridership. The Metro travel card and mobile QR Code ticketing (single, return, group tickets, and QR trip pass) are 20% cheaper through the CMRL. People can also book their tickets through the CMRL WhatsApp ticketing system on the number +91 83000 86000.

To meet future demand, the Tamil Nadu government authorised a plan on Wednesday to purchase 28 extra six-coach trains.

“After assessing the additional rolling stone requirement for Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I Network Operations to cater to the future passenger demand in the year 2028, it has been decided to procure additional 28 rakes of 6-coach trains for Phase I operations at an estimated cost of Rs 2,820.90 crore with the funding from multilateral funding agencies,” a release from the Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Department of the Tamil Nadu government noted.

Additionally, it stated that the proposal will be posted through the Centre for external funding from multilateral funding organisations.

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