The first train which left at 12.15 PM from Alandur to Koyambedu was driven by A Preethi, a 28-year old diploma holder in engineering from Government Dharmambal Polytechnic College.

"I am excited, my daughter's dream of becoming a loco pilot of Metro Rail has come true," Preethi's father R Anbu said.

He explained how his daughter was chasing her dream of becoming a loco pilot after the metro rail project began taking shape.

"She quit her first job, applied for a job in Chennai Metro rail, and she was the first woman to get selected," he said with joy.

"Three other women joined as pilots after her and I am happy that she was successful," he said.

Meanwhile, the sprawling and swanky Alandur metro station, the biggest in Chennai, was brimming with activity, with enthusiastic passengers eager to board the first train.

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