Light House to Velachery in MRTS

After witnessing the Naval Exercise at Marina this evening, to take the train to Velachery I proceeded to the Light House Railway Station. The Railway Station looked like Chennai Central or Egmore. People were standing in long queue to get the tickets.

Light House Railway Station

Light House Railway Station

Normally the MRTS stations are deserted. After the service got extended upto Velachery, usage of MRTS has increased. Yet I have not seen so many people in the platforms as you see here.

Light House Railway Station

Light House Railway Station

When the train to Velachery arrived, all the compartments were full. The passengers who got into the train at Light House Railway Station had to travel, standing.

Inside MRTS train

It is nice to see people realising the advantages of travelling by train leaving their 2 wheeler / 4 wheeler at home or at railway stations. I saw about 30 to 35 cars and about 200 two wheelers parked at Velachery Railway Station, as I came out of the Station.

Inside MRTS train

Fellow passengers were comparing the time taken to travel by bus from Marina to Velachery and about 30 minutes the train takes to reach Velachery from Light House.

After extension of services upto Velachery, MRTS appears to be a great hit with the people of Chennai. And the patronage is increasing day to day.

10 Comments so far

  1. Giridhar (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 6:47 am

    Ques, Ques, annd Ques… everywhere Ques… I just hate it..

  2. Deepak (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    I was surprised at first looking at the pics of light house station… (even I haven’e seen it so full)…

  3. sachin (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    Once they connect the MRTS to St. Thomas Mount and provide a changeover from the main suburban line, i am sure that it will experience more traffic.

    But the biggest opportunity that the planners have not capitalised on is to extend the MRTS down OMR. The project could be carried out as a ground based line. they would save alotta money in doing that

  4. Shyam (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

    Any idea what is the patronage of the MRTS since Velachery came on line? I mean, during weekdays….

  5. Krish (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    The MRTS is largely empty during weekdays. Mornings, between 7 and 10, will see a small but sizeable crowd, but the trains will only be half full. Likewise, evenings, between 5 and 8, see an increase in patronage but not excessively so. You always find a place to sit, and the trains are on-time and convenient.

  6. Ravi (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    Sachin, I remember reading a while ago that the original plan (as devised in early 70s!!) was to extend a rail line along the Buckingham Canal until Mahabalipuram and with the kind of politicians we have, the project was badly delayed and so it has just gotten thus far. Yes, it would be great if the line was extended till Mahabs.

  7. Murali (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 12:33 am

    MRTS along with Veeranam was the biggest source of Income for both ADMK and DMK (along with Veramani), good to see that there are others who could use it. One point to add though, these stations are not disabled friendly, the one in Mylapore is the worst.

  8. (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    Friends crowd in MRTS is a good sign , the idea behind is chennai population is diluting / dispersed to various pin points in chennai , yes it is a good sign , rather crowd acculumated in a single place like , central , koyembedu , parrys ,,,,

  9. s (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 10:43 pm


  10. Thomas (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm


    This is real good news. The Railways should capitalise and have line connecting the OMR from Kelambakkam to Beach. The traffic on that line would be great since the OMR has so many IT/ITES companies.

    The second good thing is I have been on the MRTS from Velachery to Beach it is very good it takes only 40 mins much quicker than bus.

    The next thing is the railways should have routes connecting north Chennai like Perambur, Ennore, Avadi, Ambattur so there should be trains from Velachery to Avadi and northern madras it would benefit people who travel to places like Perambur and other northern places in Madras.

    Since there is a lot of land available they have a line from Kelambakkam to Beach which can run on the ground and therefore it would cut costs and they would have very good benefits. Even there is another route they can try they can connect places like Mahabalipuram on the East Coast Road since there is a lot of barren and empty land on the ECR this is the best opportunity for the Railways and the Govt

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