India’s First Underwater Metro soon in Kolkata

This article was published on : August 6, 2019

Kolkata will be the first city in the country to have an underwater metro which is expected to start soon. This will not only pace up the commuting for the residents of Kolkata but also put the city on the global map once again.

Known as the East-West Metro project, the underwater metro will pass through under the Hoogly river, connecting Howrah and Sealdah Railway Stations – two of the busiest railway stations in the world. The 520 metre twin tunnel is built 30 metres below the riverbed, and it’s being estimated that the passengers commuting from Howrah to Mahakaran metro station are going to travel in about one minute as the train will pass the tunnel at a speed of 80km/hour.

This project is sure to attract about one million (10 lakh) passengers who will use the metro line every day by the year 2035. The tunnel that has been constructed using the world’s finest technology will be ready by 2021, though it’s been in the news for years now since the project’s foundation stone was laid in 2009.

Operating under the Indian Railways, the first-ever underwater transport along with the East-West corridor of Kolkata Metro spanning from Salt Lake Stadium to Howrah has spent close to 85 hundred crore on this project. About 5 kilometres of the metro line from Salt Lake Sector 5 spanning Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre and Bengal Chemical is ready and has been sent for approval.

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