The Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) was launched two years ago after a long delay. CMRL has recently launched an official mobile app. The app is a reservoir of tremendous information a commuter will need and is surely to be a great asset to all commuters – regular and one-time.
This article is a step-by-step guide on how to use the app and also takes a look at its interesting features.
The app is currently available on Google Play Store. CMRL has mentioned that the app will soon be made available for iOS phones too.
You can edit your menu in the homepage according to your convenience. You can just click the add menu feature and add your desired sections.
Click on the three bar icon (popularly known as the Hamburger menu) to view all the features available in the app.
Click on a particular icon to view them in detail.
So, now let us check out all the exquisite features of the app right below
Select “from station” – From which place you want to start your travel
Select “to station” – To which place you wish to travel
Once you select the route, the details shown are
- The cost of travel (General class and First class cost)
- The number of stations in between the travel
- The total distance you will be travelling
The icons which are green in colour will be accessible to view the details. The rest are in progress. Once the construction work is done you will be able to access everything in and out.
Once you click on the location, you will get a list of features to check.
You will find :
- Station details
- Train timings
- Gates and directions
- Availability of parking
- Lost and found
- Contact information
- Where to stay and dine
The train timings will be of most use to you. All values are given in an hourly basis.
Parking availability is interesting feature. A number of IT personnel travel to stations via bike or car and then take a train to their workplace. Even parking fares are mentioned based on hourly basis.
Where to stay and dine is another exclusive and a cool feature which gives all the details of the nearby places to dine, coffee shops and restaurants to stay.
They show a list of areas where they provide extra transport services. The number of service provided differ from area to area.
Once you click the location the details will open up.
Nearest Metro Station
This tells you the metro stations available from the place you are in. It will give you the list of stations available. The located stations will vary from the places you view.
This is exclusively built for the ones who love to take a tour around the city. It gives you the details of the
- Tour spots & Details
- Cultural centres
- Local weather forecasts
Finally we have few other extra useful features added to the App.
1. Fare products
The rates and the discount rates are clearly mentioned under this feature.
2. Flash News
Any important news during a crisis or government issues will be posted here during that current period.
3. Metro network information
The metro rail project plan is clearly depicted under this feature. The already constructed and running platforms, The under construction platforms and the ones which they are planning on constructing will be explained in here.
3. Instruction to commuters
The commuters are asked to strictly follow the below given do’s and dont’s during their commute. This is just to make everything organised and easy for everybody to travel.
4. Facilities for disabled persons
Exclusive facilities are available for the disabled people. The facilities are mentioned in this feature.
The most important service for all commuters is perhaps the helpline. In case of emergencies or to book complaints, CMRL provides their contact info including a toll-free line.
Take a bow, CMRL! This is a good looking app. Our only concern is that the app fully delivers what it offers. We genuinely felt that the app launched has a lot of features to make your commuting easy and safe.
Featured Image Source – Indian Express