Kolkata, which created history by first starting metro service in the country, is ready to create a new history again today. The first metro service in Kolkata started in 1984, its process continues in the 21st century. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will flag off Kolkata East-West Metro service on Wednesday. It will then be opened to the general public on Friday (14 February).
The biggest feature of this metro service is that it will run in an underwater tunnel. It will also be the cheapest metro service in the country. This line will be 15 kilometers. The first line is going to start with a six-kilometer long line.
Minimum Fare is only Five Rupees
In this metro, the fare of life from one station to another station will be only five rupees. According to the rate chart, passengers will have to pay five rupees for two kilometers, 10 rupees for five kilometers, 20 rupees for 10 kilometers and then 30 rupees for the last station.
In the metro, passengers will get many facilities. These platforms will be equipped with modern facilities such as screen doors and detection systems. A Metro Railway official said that soon the service will be extended to 12 km for the people of Kolkata.
Country’s First Underwater Metro
CPRO of Metro Railway Indrani Banerjee said that the East-West Metro will be India’s first underwater metro. Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation is going to run the metro within the Hooghly River very soon. Work on the East-West project continues at a rapid pace and is expected to be completed by March 2020, after which commuters will get an exciting underwater metro experience. In the first phase, it will run from Salt Lake Sector Five to Salt Lake Stadium. Kolkata will benefit greatly from this metro. Till now it took about one and a half hours to cover the above distance by road, but the journey will be completed in just 13 minutes with the start of the metro. He told that this is a new state-of-the-art metro with six coaches
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will inaugurate
Kolkata Metro Rail is one of the 17 areas identified under the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. It is a central government undertaking. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will inaugurate this metro service on 13 February and will be opened to the general public from 14 February.