Coimbatore metro

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Coimbatore Metro
கோயம்புத்தூர் மெட்ரோ ரயில்
Kovai metro logo.jpg
Locale Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Transit type Rapid transit Metro rail
Number of lines 3
Number of stations 24
Headquarters Coimbatore
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail 750 V DC
Average speed 65 km/h (40 mph)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
System map
map of metro

Coimbatore Metro is also known as Kovai Metro is the proposed metro rail system for the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.


The Government of Tamil Nadu under DMK proposed a metro rail system for Coimbatore. However, in 2011, under ADMK government the plan was shelved in favour of a monorail system. Coimbatore railway struggle committee has also protested to implement metro rail project in Coimbatore[1][2] In 2013,Metroman E. Sreedharan made survey and announced metro rail as suitable transport for Coimbatore.[3]. In January 2017, a Coimbatore District Administration official told The Hindu that there was no mass rapid system presently under consideration for Coimbatore.[4] Government again announced a plan to construct metro rail in 2017. Railway minister Suresh Prabu has announced that central government is ready to implement and fund metro rail project in Coimbatore. State government has also approved for metro rail. The works will began by next financial year 2017/18.[5] CM Edapdi K Palaniswami announced metro rail plan for Coimbatore. He also announced that the feasibility study will be conducted and DPR will be prepared by CMRL and the funds will be provided by German based KFW company.[6][7] [8][9][10]

Project timeline[edit]

  • 2010:Tamilnadu government under DMK proposes metro rail for Coimbatore
  • 2011:Central government announces Metrorail for Coimbatore and other cities.
  • 2011:Tamilnadu government under J.Jayalalitha changes plan from metro to monorail.
  • 2013:Metroman E. Sreedharan makes survey and annouces Metro rail as suitable transport for Coimbatore.
  • 2017:Tamilnadu government under Edappadi K. Palaniswami announce metro rail for Coimbatore.
  • 2017:Tamilnadu government announce the commencement of Coimbatore metro rail works by financial year 2017-18
  • 2017:Railway minister Suresh Prabhu also announces that central government is ready to launch and fund the Coimbatore metrorail project
  • 2017:Tamilnadu Government announces that feasibility study would be conducted and DPR will be prepared for Coimbatore metro by CMRL and the fund will be provided by German based company.


State government officials said four mass transport corridors covering 136km proposed in the comprehensive mobility plan[CMP] will be considered while conducting the feasibility study. The corridors were planned based on vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the city's main roads including Trichy Road, Sathyamangalam Road, Avinashi Road and Mettupalayam Road. Metro rail routes have been proposed.

  • Northern Route: Gandhipuram → Ganapathy → Sivanandha Colony → Saibaba Colony → RS Puram → Townhall → Railway station → Gandhipuram.(phase I)
  • Southern Route: Podanur → Trichy Road → Sungam → Red Fields → Race Course → Railway Station → Ukkadam → Podanur +vellalore(phase II)
  • Linear Line: Chinniampalayam → Airport → CODISSIA → PSG Tech → Lakshmi Mill Junction → Gandhipuram → North Coimbatore → Cowley Brown Road → Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.(phase III)

Phase I

phase II

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phase III

Line Terminal Opening Date Length
No of Stations Intermediate stations Extension Interchange
Line 1 Gandhipuram Railway station -  km 8 Gandhipuram, Ganapathy, Sivananda Colony, Sai Baba colony, RS Puram, Town hall, Railway Station
Line 2 Railway Station Vellalore -  km 8 Podanur, Trichy Road, Sungam, Red Fields, Race Course, Railway Station, Ukkadam, Vellalore
Line 3 Chinniampalayam TNAU - 9 Chinniampalayam, Airport, CODISSIA, PSG Tech, Lakshmi Mill Junction, Gandhipuram, North Coimbatore, Cowley Brown Road, TNAU University

Future expansion

Vadavalli and Thondamuthur were included in the linear line as part of the phase extension.[11][12]