Kolkata Metro gets its second corridor after 36 years. See photos
2 min read.Updated: 13 Feb 2020, 10:59 PM ISTTamal Nandi
The East -West Metro corridor of the Kolkata is a 16.5 kms long stretch which connects Howrah on the West bank of River Hooghly with Salt Lake city on the East bank
In a first in the country, tunnels have been bored under the Hooghly river to connect the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah
Kolkata, the ‘City of Joy’ finally got its second metro line after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flanged of the first phase of city’s East-West Metro line.
The city got its second metro line after 36 years as currently the Metro services operate in Kolkata on only one North-South corridor from Noapara to Kavi Subhas stations over a length of 27.3 Km. This corridor was inaugurated in 1984.
Phase-I of East - West Metro corridor which was inaugurated today is a 5.3 kms long stretch having 6 elevated stations.
The East -West Metro corridor of the Kolkata is a 16.5 kms long stretch which connects Howrah on the West bank of River Hooghly with Salt Lake city on the East bank.
The project is being executed by Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL). The corridor will have10.8 kms of the stretch is underground and 5.75 kms will be on elevated viaduct.
It is India’s first ever transportation project where metro trains will ply under river, Hooghly.
The metro stations will have platform screen doors to prevent accidents or intentional fall.
The metro train rakes will come with Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC) having enhanced safety features like anti- collision and automatic train control mechanism.
Passenger friendly features like lifts, escalators, concept of barrier free movement, designated parking for differently-abled, state of the art absorptive type noise barriers provided near hospitals/schools to reduce the train generated noise for comfort of the public.
The coaches will have emergency announcement and fire detection mechanism. Estimated budget for Phase- I is ₹2431 crore out of the total project cost of ₹8574.98 crore
Piyush Goyal said that the entire 16.5-km stretch of the corridor - till Howrah Maidan - is likely to be completed in two years. Goyal also said that the first underground station of the Metro corridor - Phoolbagan - would be ready within three to four months and services will be extended by October.
"The entire stretch of the East-West Metro corridor, from Sector 5 to Howrah Maidan, is likely to be completed in two years, provided bottlenecks affecting the route are cleared through local support," he said, during his speech.
Commercial services, connecting six overground stations - Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations - will commence on Friday.
The five ongoing Metro railway projects in the city have been allotted a budgetary grant of ₹1,542 crore for fiscal 2020-21.
The East-West Metro corridor has received a grant of ₹905 crore -- the highest among the five projects currently underway in Kolkata.
The New Garia-NSCBI Airport link, slated to be completed by June 2021, has been allotted ₹328 crore, while the Noapara-Barasat line has received a grant of ₹200 crore.
Another 16.6-km Joka-BBD Bag route, connecting the south-eastern suburbs of Behala with the heart of the city, has been granted ₹99 crore, and the Barrackpore-Baranagar and Dakshineswar stretch, covering a distance of 14.5 km, allotted ₹10 crore.
"I hope the projects will be completed at the earliest so that Metro becomes the most-preferred transport mode in Kolkata and in adjoining areas," the minister added.