Kolkata, Feb 13 (GCCurrentAffairs) Another feather is going to be added to the cap of the city of joy Kolkata where the country got its first underground Metro railway services on October 24, 1984 with the inauguration of the first phase of East-West Metro on Thursday.
” The first phase of much-awaited East West Metro Railway covering a 5.5-km stretch between Sector V Salt Lake City and Yuva Bharati Krirangan Stadium will be inaugurated by Railway Minister Piyush Goel this evening,” said Indrani Banerjee, chief public relations officer of Kolkata Metro Railway.
The railway board gave its approval for commercial services on the 5.5-km stretch, on May 20, 2019. It includes Salt Lake Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations.
As many as nine trains have been procured by the KMRC from BEML for this route. The train will have six coaches and would run at a maximum speed of 80 km/hr, double the speed limit of 40 km/hr of the existing North-South Metro, a senior Metro official said.
On its full stretch, the East West Metro would run from Salt Lake’s Sector V to Howrah Maidan. Out of the total 16.60 km, 5.8 km is an elevated corridor and 10.8 km will run underground. The 520 metre twin tunnels under the river are part of the underground stretch.
Once commissioned, one would travel more than a 10-storied building below the water surface for almost half a kilometre across the 460 metre wide Hooghly river. The East-West Corridor was originally slated to be operational by 2012, but was later pushed back to 2015. The project will now be implemented in four phases.
The first phase, from Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium, will be operational on Thursday. The second phase, to Phoolbagan, will be operational by March 2020. The third phase to Sealdah is slated to be operational by 2022 and the final phase which includes the journey through the tubular tunnels under the Ganges will be
operational also by 2022, according to Metro officials.