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Kolkata's East-West Metro To Open On Feb 13, Work On Remaining Stretch To Resume Soon

Kolkata's East-West Metro To Open On Feb 13, Work On Remaining Stretch To Resume Soon

Kolkata's East-West Metro To Open On Feb 13, Work On Remaining Stretch To Resume Soon
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Metro connectivity in Kolkata is set to improve as the Calcutta High Court has now asked the Kolkata Metro officials to restart the tunneling work on the East-West Metro. A part of this corridor will be inaugurated on February 13, 2020. This 5-km stretch between Sector V Salt Lake City and Yuva Bharati Krirangan Stadium would be operational for now, as the work on the rest of the stretch was halted due to an aquifer burst in Bowbazar area in August 2019. While the entire stretch was scheduled for inauguration in June 2021, the work will now resume soon on the remaining part of the corridor. The rail board had given its approval for commercial services on the 5.5-km stretch, on May 20, 2019. 

The East-West Metro line has also got additional funding of Rs 905 crore for the next financial year. Other metro routes that have got the funding in the state budget include the New Garia-NSCBI Airport link, scheduled for completion by June 2021, and has been allotted Rs 328 crore. Apart from this, the Noapara-Barasat line has received a grant of Rs 200 crore. The 16.6-km Joka-BBD Bag route, connecting the south- eastern suburbs of Behala with the heart of the city, has been granted Rs 99 crore, and the Barrackpore-Baranagar and Dakshineswar stretch, covering a distance of 14.5 km, allotted Rs 10 crore. 

In January 2019, the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) had unveiled an indigenously built prototype coach that boasts double the speed of the existing rakes, amenities for the differently abled and reduced chances of a collision. The sleek, all air-conditioned prototype coach, manufactured by Bengaluru-based BEML, has in-built features to take a wheel-chair bound person directly inside the compartment, facilitated by platforms with ramps for the differently abled.

This new 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.

Trains on this stretch will have a frequency of 2.5 minutes during peak hours.
The coaches will be operated by Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) technology from the control room at the KMRC Central Depot at Salt Lake. This will make the driver’s role limited to overseeing passenger movement and opening and closing of doors.

According to Electrical Engineer Prasenjit Chakraborty at KMRC, these coaches would be 2.88-metre wide with a total seating capacity of 268 and standing capacity of 1,782. There will be four CCTVs in different parts of every compartment.

As many as nine trains have been procured by the KMRC from BEML for this route.

KMRC announces new fares

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation has announced a fare increase after a gap of six years. The commuters have to shell out a little extra for traveling a longer distance through the Metro. The new fare will come into effect from December 5, 2019.

 Fare chart

Distance

Old fare

New fare

0-2km

Rs 5

Rs 5 

2-5km

Rs 5

Rs 10

5-10km

Rs 10

Rs 15

10-20km

Rs 15

Rs 20

More than 20km

Rs 20

Rs 25

Also Read: All About India's First Underwater Metro Tunnel

 

Centre To Submit Report On Resuming East-West Metro Work

The Calcutta High Court on January 7, 2020, has directed the Centre to file an expert report by February 7 on resuming work of the East-West Metro corridor in Bowbazar area where an acquifer burst during tunnelling work resulted in collapse of several buildings in August last year. The direction came when the West Bengal government told the court that its disaster management department did not have expertise in such matter.
 
Earlier the High Court had allowed the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) to move a tunnel-boring machine up to five metres in the city's Bowbazar area, where an aquifer burst in August, resulting in the collapse of several houses. The HC has directed the KMRC to submit a report on completion of the work by December 16, 2019, when the matter will be taken up for hearing again.
 
Previously, the HC had directed the KMRC not to resume underground construction work on the East-West Metro corridor, without its approval. The court also asked the KMRCL and the West Bengal government to file separate reports before the court by November 7, 2019, on the steps taken to stop further damage to the affected area and future plans for ensuring safe construction work on the metro corridor.
 
With inputs from Housing.com News and Harini Balasubramanium 
Last Updated: Wed Feb 12 2020

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