India’s first-ever underwater metro to commence services in Kolkata; tourism and connectivity to get a major boost

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be inaugurating the mega infrastructure project on 13th February

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The much-awaited India’s first underwater metro will soon commence operations in Kolkata. The 16.6-km East West Metro project will be Kolkata’s second metro project which will be inaugurated by Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal on 13th February, 2020.

The underwater project will begin truncated services from February 13th and will be opened for commuters from the next day. Services along the much-awaited mega infrastructure project constructed by Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) will start along the 5-km route from Salt Lake Sector V to the Salt Lake Stadium.

There are six stations along the route. The six stations will be operational through an elevated corridor . The 16.6-km East West Metro Project will connect the Howrah Maidan on the other side of river Hooghly with Rajarahat Newtown on the northeastern fringes of the city. The elevated corridor is 5.8 km long while the underground stretch measures 10.8 km. Once fully operational, the East West Metro is likely to ferry about 2 lakh people daily.

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