Chennai Metro Rail, which resumed its operations on Monday by running trains ohe Blue Line, from Chennai International Airport to Washermanpet, has commenced services on it Green Line from today.
As a result, people can go from Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount and vice versa. Passengers walking into metro stations were allowed only with face masks, screened for body temperature and encouraged to sanitize their hands at the station entrance.
Even as Chennai Metro resumed its services after a gap of over five months on Monday, it witnessed a thin passenger footfall on the first day due to coronavirus concerns.
The Chennai Metro Rail services, which were suspended since March 22 in view of the national lockdown imposed in view of COVID-19 pandemic, resumed operations yesterday in a graded manner while adhering to strict safety and social distancing norms to check the spread of virus.
On the first day of reopening, Chennai Metro Rail had 5,033 passengers travelling on the stretch between Washermenpet and Chennai airport. The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) expects patronage to pick up significantly after the Chennai Central-St. Thomas Mount stretch reopens.
According to an official, “This is the stretch which most passengers usually take, with Thirumangalam getting the highest number of passengers. We are hopeful that footfalls will improve in a few days. Early this year, about 60,000-70,000 passengers used this route.”