Chennai International Airport gets sleeping pods

Chennai International Airport gets sleeping pods. The sleeping pods are located next to the Mumbai Central train station. Travellers can relax for the night (or while they are en route) in these pod-rooms or pod-hotels. Here are the specifics.

Travelling may be exhausting, even if you have reservations for overnight trains or flights that guarantee a good night’s sleep. Feeling anxious is exacerbated by the fact that you are in a new location that is changing, the need to get up early so you can disembark, and the expectation of waking up somewhere new.

Chennai International Airport gets sleeping pods

Furthermore, hotels are sometimes too far away or too expensive for a few hours of peaceful sleep, and airports and train stations aren’t the most comfortable places to sleep when travelling.

To counter that, Chennai International Airport has introduced sleeping pods in the domestic terminal to provide visitors in transit with a cosy location to stay the night.

Chennai International Airport gets sleeping pods

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is said to have installed these sleeping pods, which are situated in the domestic terminal’s arrival hall. The facility, known as “Sleepzo,” will let travellers relax. It has four bed-sized capsules close to baggage belt number 1.

Chennai International Airport gets sleeping pods

The space has reading lights, a USB charger, luggage space, ambient lighting, blower control, ambient light, and a soft, comfy bed. It is available for use on an hourly basis. As long as the youngster is younger than twelve, these pods can fit one adult and one child, according to a release cited by The Hindu. India, which already has several capsule hotels, is home to the newest of these establishments.

Thirunavukkarasar urges Centre to expedite Tiruchi Metro Rail project

Thirunavukkarasar urges Centre to expedite Tiruchi Metro Rail project

In the Lok Sabha, the MP brought up several long-standing requests about the road and railway infrastructure in the Tiruchi Lok Sabha Constituency.

Su. Thirunavukkarasar, a member of the Congress party in the Tiruchi Lok Sabha, has presented the Centre with numerous demands concerning the railway industry and the road sector that are relevant to his Parliamentary seat. To get the Center’s attention, Mr. Thirunavukkarasar made his list of requests in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and Friday.

Mr Thirunavukkarasar demanded on Friday, under Rule 377, that the Centre construct a four-lane national highway to replace the two-lane one that runs from Tiruchi to Devipattinam via Pudukottai, Karaikudi, and Devakottai.

Thirunavukkarasar urges Centre to expedite Tiruchi Metro Rail project

He pushed for the 240-kilometer state highway stretch between Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Aranthangi, Karaikudi, Kalal, Kalaarkoil, Maravamangalam, Ilayangudi, Paramakudi, Mudukulathur, and Sayalkudi to be upgraded to a national highway. He begged that the 70-kilometer length of the State highway that runs from Pudukottai to Mimisal via Aranthangi and Avudayarkoil be upgraded to national highway status. This includes Aranthangi-Nagudi-Kattumavadi and Musiri-Kulithalai-Pudukottai-Alangudi-Peravurani-Sethubavachathram. 

Speaking during Thursday’s Zero Hour, Mr Thirunavukkarasar urged the Centre to move as quickly as feasible to implement the Metro Rail service project in Tiruchi. According to him, Tiruchi city is located in Tamil Nadu’s central region. It was surrounded by a number of Central government public sector projects, such as the Ordnance Factory and BHEL. He added that Tiruchi had a large population and that there was a lot of public traffic in the area. He thus encouraged the Centre to move quickly to complete the Metro Rail service project in Tiruchi.

In addition to a daily intercity express between Tiruchi and Chennai, he asked the Railway Minister to establish daily trains from Manamadurai to Chennai via Sivaganga, Karaikudi, Aranthangi, and Peravurani. He also asked for daily trains from Tiruchi to Bengaluru and from Pudukottai to Chennai via Tiruchi. Another demand was to lay a new railway line from Thanjavur to Pudukottai. 

Tiruchirappalli International Airport update

Tiruchirappalli International Airport update: PM Modi unveils Rs 1,100 crore state-of-the-art terminal building

The new terminal building at Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu is dedicated by Prime Minister Narendra today. It is outfitted with cutting-edge amenities and will improve passenger connectivity.

The new terminal building, which cost over Rs 1,100 crore to construct, was intended to highlight Tiruchirappalli’s vibrant culture. Through its dynamic exterior facade and magnificent interiors, it will display art styles ranging from Kolam art to hues of Srirangam Temple and other theme artworks showing India’s relationship to the rest of the globe. 

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the two-story new international terminal building can accommodate more than 44 lakh passengers yearly and roughly 3,500 passengers during peak hours.

The new terminal building has 60 check-in desks, 5 baggage carousels, 60 arrival immigration counters and 44 departure emigration counters for secure and easy check-in and check-out procedures. In addition, VIP lounges and 19 X-His Machines are designed to make travelling clients’ lives easier.

Remarkably, Tiruchirappalli International Airport is Tamil Nadu’s second-biggest airport in terms of foreign passenger flow, behind Chennai. The new terminal building’s architecture naturally highlights Trichy’s cultural history.

“We have done a lot of painting works, murals. A total of 100 artists were employed and we finished the artworks in 30 days,” said Rajavignesh, Creative Director for the artworks in the terminal building.

PM to dedicate development projects of Rs 19,850 crore

On January 2 and 3, 2024, Prime Minister Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep for two days. The 38th Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli will be presided over by the Prime Minister today.

He will officially open and lay the groundwork for several development projects in the aviation, rail, road, oil and gas, maritime, and higher education sectors, totalling over Rs 19,850 crore.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Agatti, Lakshadweep, at approximately 3:15 PM, where he will speak at a public event. He is scheduled to arrive at Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, tomorrow, where he will lay the groundwork for several development projects about industries like solar power, drinking water, telecommunications, and health, among others.

Chennai airport metro updates

Chennai airport metro updates. Chennai Metro Rail Corporation Announces New Projects in Trichy, Coimbatore, and Madurai.

On March 27, 2024, the CMRC declared that mass rapid transit feasibility studies had been carried out in Salem, Tiruchirappalli, and Tirunelveli.

The Metro Light will be coming to Salem and Tirunelveli, while the Trichy metro map has already been made public. The study determined which rapid transit routes and systems would work best for the cities.

For instance

  • There will be 45 stations for mass rapid transit on two routes in Tiruchirappalli. It will be a 45-kilometre-long metro system with two corridors.
  • There will be forty stations along three routes in Tirunelveli.
  • There will be 38 stops all along the two lines in Salem.

It is anticipated that the improvements will enhance residents’ mobility.

Chennai Metro Rail Corporation Announces New Projects in Trichy, Coimbatore, and Madurai.

Overview of the Chennai Metro Line

The Tamil Nadu capital city is served by the Chennai Metro rapid metro transit system. The Chennai Metro system, which opened in 2015, is the fourth-longest metro network in India. There were three lines under development and two operational on the Chennai Metro as of March 2022. The Chennai Metro Rail Corporation is in charge of building and running the Chennai Metro (CMRL).

The Government of Tamil Nadu and the Union Government of India jointly own the Chennai Metro Rail Corporation. There are both elevated and underground metro stations in the Chennai Metro system. To guarantee smooth communication and interoperability, Chennai Metro Rail Corporation intends to assume control of the Chennai Mass Rapid Transit System. The Indian Railways runs this network of elevated trains. 

Chennai Metro Routes

There are two main categories into which Chennai Metro routes can be placed.

  • Blue Line and Green Line are operational lines
  • Orange, Red, and Purple lines are under construction.

Chennai Metro Timings

The metro system in Chennai has made a substantial contribution to everyday commuter travel time reductions. Chennai Metro is now open from 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM. One train departs every 4-5 minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. 

Chennai Metro: Fares

The fares on the Chennai metro system have been kept affordable, as it was established to assist the general public. The Chennai metro has a minimum fee of Rs. 10 and a maximum charge of Rs. 50. The passenger’s journey distance determines the fee.

Chennai Metro Ticketing – Token and Smart Cards

The Chennai Metro offers the following kinds of tickets:

Single Journey Tokens: Each voyage requires the purchase of a single journey token, which can be done at the ticket counter or by using the ticket vending machines found at each stop.

  • A travel token can cost anything from Rs 30 to Rs 120. 
  • Tickets for single and return trips can now be bought using the CMRL app. These tickets can be scanned by passengers utilising QR code ticket scanners that are stationed.

Stored or Smart Value Cards: Sometimes known as Smart Value Cards, are pre-paid, rechargeable travel cards that can be purchased at any ticket counter for Rs. 50 in addition to a refundable deposit.

  • At each ticket counter or automated ticket vending machine found at every station, these cards can be refilled for a maximum of Rs 3000.
  • The cost of a single travel ranges from Rs 24 to Rs 96 for SVC users, who enjoy a 20% fare reduction.

Trip Cards: Those who frequently go between the same two stations should use these cards. 20% off all fares are offered in three different types: 30 trips good for 30 days, 30 trips good for 90 days, and 60 trips good for 180 days.

Tourist Cards: With these cards, you can ride the Chennai Metro for free for a single day. After the card is returned, Rs 50 of the Rs 150 purchase price is reimbursed. This is for those who are short-term visitors to Chennai who intend to take the metro to get where they’re going.

QR Tickets: Several locations within stations have QR code boards available. Passengers can purchase tickets from the Chennai Metro Rail ticketing page by scanning the code. To pay for fares, you can use any digital payment method, such as UPI, net banking, credit/debit banking, etc. 

Singara Chennai Card: This card is offered through the NCMC programme in collaboration with SBI. This card has a 2000 rupee maximum storage capacity.

Chennai Metro Phase 2

A loan of Rs 450 crore is scheduled to be approved by the State Bank of India (SBI) for the Chennai Metro Phase 2 (Koyambedu to SIPCOT) project. Thirty train cars would be purchased with the remaining funds, of which 150 crore will be used for the Phase 2 construction project.

  • This will be CMRL’s first collaboration with a commercial bank.
  • This collaboration will contribute to the success of Phase 2 work.

Chennai Metro Phase 2: Funding

The Tamil Nadu government has announced that Rs 12,000 crore would go towards building Chennai Metro Phase 2. The money was approved for the 2024–2025 state budget.

Current Status of Chennai Metro Phase 2

Work on the Chennai Metro project’s Phase 2 is underway. To develop the metro infrastructure of the city, tunnelling construction has already started beneath the Adyar River, with tubes being excavated at a depth of about 18 metres. Furthermore, 

  • The Corridor 5 project, which runs from Madhavaran to Sholinganallur, is being developed.
  • Between the proposed Metro stations at Echankadu and Vellakal, track construction has started.
  • Additionally, pier work along Corridor 5 is underway.
  • There are elevated and subterranean sections in Corridor 5, with elevated sections progressing on rail from Madhavaran to Elcot.
  • By the end of 2026, Corridor 5’s first operational stretch—which runs from Madhavaram to Retteri—should be completed.

Chennai Metro Rail is concentrating on finishing the construction between Poonamallee and Porur Junction in the interim. It is anticipated that operations will start by the end of 2025.


In what ways is Chennai implementing the Chennai Metro Rail Project?

A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was established by the Tamil Nadu government to carry out the Chennai Metro Rail Project. Chennai Metro Rail Limited, an SPV, was incorporated on December 3, 2007, by the Companies Act. It is presently a joint venture with equal equity holdings owned by the governments of Tamil Nadu and India.

Is it a project of the federal government or the state government?

The governments of Tamil Nadu and India have an equal equity stake in this joint venture project. On November 7, 2007, the Tamil Nadu government gave its permission in principle for the two initial routes. On January 28, 2009, the Indian government gave its approval to the Chennai Metro Rail project.

What are Chennai Metro Rail Limited’s email address and web address?

Website address:

E-mail address:

Chennai Airport’s new terminal to be ready in two years with new services

Chennai Airport’s new terminal to be ready in two years with new services. The new terminal at Chennai airport will serve both domestic and international travellers when it is finished in two years. According to a TOI report, the terminal is being built next to phase 1 of the integrated terminal (T2), which now handles international arrivals and departures, and is situated where the former international arrival facility stood. According to an official of the Airports Authority of India, the demolition work has been completed, and this month is set aside for the start of building once the contractor receives the site.

The new terminal, which will take up some 60,000 square metres, will be connected with the current T2 terminal to form a sizable integrated structure that can accommodate both domestic and international aircraft depending on demand. When the integrated terminal is finished, two domestic terminals will be on either side of it. 

Phase 2 development of T2 includes the construction of the new terminal. This phase will raise the integrated terminal’s overall area to 197,000 square metres and increase its annual passenger handling capacity from the present 25 million to 35 million. Depending on the needs, the terminal’s layout will be adaptable to suit both domestic and foreign travellers. When there is a surge in domestic passenger traffic, the new terminal may be used to route them, making everything run well for everyone.

Every day, the city airport welcomes about 50,000 domestic travellers, and at busy times like weekends and holidays, there is frequently a spike in demand for domestic travel. Airlines, however, find it difficult to reserve slots for more frequencies. Airlines will be able to add more flights to their timetables because of the increased terminal space.

More aerobridges for boarding and disembarking will be included in the integrated terminal when it is finished, enabling airlines to plan more international flights. To reduce the possibility of improperly handled luggage, it will also have several amenities like self-baggage drop, e-gates, a passenger flow monitoring system, 3D sensors for boarding, a specialised baggage scanning system, and an advanced baggage handling system.

In other news, there will be major upgrades to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, including the extension of the international terminal and the demolition of the domestic terminal. To accommodate the increasing demand for flights and passenger traffic, the airport’s master plan seeks to enhance infrastructure and connections. Should the runway end safety area not be expanded by September 2024, the airport’s licence may be revoked. 

In addition, three passenger terminals would be positioned in between two runways at the recently constructed greenfield airport in Chennai’s Parandur. The airport will have a metro rail station and be conveniently located next to the Chennai-Bengaluru motorway via a connecting road. For approval, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has received the design from the state government.