The railway officials informed that the Kolkata East-West Metro will allow 1 million passengers to travel per day by 2035 and also said that the stretch between Salt Lake and Howrah will be functional soon.
The stretch of 16.6-km Kolkata East-West Metro will help approximately one million passengers per day to travel through metro by 2035, a senior Railway official said. This metro rail project is estimated to be completed by 2021 and is the first one to have an underwater tunnel. This will be a twin tunnel of 520-metre and is built 30 metres below the riverbed while connecting on both East and West points.
The first trial run on a section of Kolkata’s East-West Metro route is completed in a flawless manner and the commercial service in the 3-km stretch, between Salt Lake Sector V and the Stadium will be made functional soon.
Anup Kumar Kundu, East-West Metro director said that the first of the five rakes to be used for commercial service in the first phase, went through a glitch-free trial run on the stretch. He also said that Rake, tracks, third rail connection and several other components were checked, during the first run and were found to be flawless. Kundu called this trial run the fastest trail runs among metro lines in the country as it was completed only in 2.5 months having been taken, from receiving a rake to putting it on trial run.
The construction work from the Stadium to Phoolbagan will be complete by March 2019 and this part will be handed over to the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) for trials, Kundu informed.
The East-West Metro project of the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) is delayed from a long time due to clearance and land acquisition issues.