While flooding of arterial roads led to difficulties in operating buses and exorbitant charges by private transport operators, many commuters turned to the Metro and Mass Rapid Transit Sysyem.
During the past three days, when rain submerged roads, patronage of the Metro and MRTS went up.
A senior official of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said the commuter population had doubled in all the six stations from Koyambedu to Alandur.
In MRTS route
Similarly, the operation of train services on the MRTS route, even during days of heavy rain, was a surge in the number of passengers.
A senior official of Southern Railway said this was one route where train services were not affected by flooding of tracks.
Official sources reveal that the revenue generated by CMRL services significantly increased over the last three days. It was between Rs. 8 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh, considerably higher than the usual collection, which is between Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh lakh.
The passengers commuting by the Metro had also increased to around 20,000 on weekdays against the usual 5,000, the sources said.
V. Lakshmi, working at an IT firm in Guindy, said travelling by the Metro was comfortable during a rainy season as they did not have to navigate water-clogged roads choked with traffic. Moreover, when compared to fares charged by autorickshaws and taxis, the Metro ticket was cheap, she added.