No, not rush hour. It was 8 o'clock this evening when I took this picture. The Chennai Metro is still shiny new - and so much more expensive than the buses and commuter trains that it's not all that widely used. But a couple of days ago, a new branch was opened. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, came to inaugurate it. And to mark this extension of the Metro network, travel is - for the moment - free.
On Sunday afternoon, not all that many people knew about the free travel and so the trains were busy but not rammed. By this evening, the whole of Chennai seemed to be joyriding up and down the line. And why not!
This was the scene at Teynampet metro station just now -
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