Kolkata: Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal has inaugurated Phoolbagan Metro station of East-West Metro.
Mr Goyal also flagged off the first train from the newly inaugurated Phoolbgan station through a video link on Sunday.
In his address, congratulating all for taking extra initiative to complete the work of Phoolbagan station in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Goyal said that this extension of services from Salt Lake Stadium to Phoolbagan (a stretch of 1.665 kms) will be a great help for the commuters more so because of its proximity to Sealdah station.
Terming this as a gift for Durga Puja, he also said that Metro provides the safest, cleanest and fastest transportation system in Kolkata.
The minister has further reassured that if the land is made available and encroachments are removed then funds won’t be a constraint for implementing any Railway project.
Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo congratulated Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry for taking the initiative to commission this modern and beautiful Phoolbagan Metro station so early.
He expressed his hope that in the coming days people will be able to commute to and from Sealdah station easily due to this extension of East-West Metro.
Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri was also present in this programme and expressed her happiness for the commissioning of Phoolbagan station.
General Manager of Metro Railway Manoj Joshi in his inaugural address spoke about how the opening of this station will facilitate Metro commuters to go to the IT Hub in Salt Lake Sector-V, International Bus Terminal and Mela Ground in Karunamoyee, important Government offices at Central Park and the famous Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium).
The total length of this project is 16.5 kms and the total estimated project cost is Rs 8574.98 Cr. This will connect Howrah on the West bank of the river Hooghly with Salt Lake City on its East bank.
The first phase of the East-West Metro from Salt Lake Stadium to Salt Lake Sector V was inaugurated by Mr Goyal on February 13 last.
Commercial services to and from Phoolbagan station will start from today. Daily 48 services will run from 0800 hrs to 1950 hrs from Salt Lake Sector-V to Phoolbagan at 30 minutes interval. The last service will start from Salt Lake Sector-V and Phoolbagan stations at 1930 hrs.
There will be no service on Sunday.