The first phase of Chennai Metro Rail may be fully operational only next year but the recruitment process is already on. On Monday, train operators were recruited for Chennai Metro Rail Limited, said sources. The drivers will go through a process of continuous training. “We will consider sending them to Delhi Metro Rail Limited (DMRC),” said a source. DMRC is the principal consultant for the Chennai Metro Rail project.

The trains for Chennai Metro Rail will have Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP) systems. Officials said that with these systems in place, train operators will have only a limited role.