The train that can carry 1,200 commuters, imported from La Pa in Brazil, will be tested for eight weeks on an 800-metre test track set inside the yard before it is taken on another trial on the elevated viaduct between Koyambedu and St Thomas Mount.
Jayalalithaa inspected the train for more than 10 minutes before switching on the power and flagging it off at 2pm. This is the first time that the chief minister is associating herself with a metro rail programme. The move was touted as a morale booster for metro rail officials.
Metro rail managing director M Rajaram said, “Metro rail will play a role in integrating mass rapid transit system as envisaged in the Vision 2020 statement released by the state government.”
He said that metro rail would double its effort to complete the project on time. He said the state government sanctioned its share of more than Rs 2,000 crore and a subordinate debt of Rs 844crore to make the project a reality.
The state government is planning to commission the Koyambedu-St Thomas Mount elevated line in July next year.