India's First Underwater Metro To Start In Kolkata
The first of its kind in the country, the Kolkata Underwater Metro under the East-West Metro Project will connect the Sealdah and Howrah railway stations, passing under the Hoogly River.The metro is almost complete and shall start operating soon. This will put Kolkata on the global map and make commuting much more convenient for the locals.
The railway stations are two of the busiest railway stations in the world. 30 meters below the river bed, a 520 meter tunnel has been built to connect them. It is estimated that the metro will pass through the tunnel at 80 km/hour and people will be able to reach Mahakaran metro station from Howrah within a minute. This project will be highly tempting for the 10 lakh passengers who are believed to use the metro line every day by the year 2035. By 2021, the tunnel will be ready.
The project foundation was laid in the year 2009 and since then, the project has been in news time and again. It runs under a lot of heritage buildings, hence, building the tunnel was no less than a challenge. The city has been plagued with overflowing traffic so however complex it may be, the project is a blessing for the people.
Connecting the East-West corridor, the project is being completed under the Indian Railways and shall span from the Salt Lake Stadium to Howrah. Around 85 hundred crores have already been spent on this project. Spanning from the Salt Lake Sector 5 to Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Center and Bengal Chemical, about 5 kilometers of the line is ready and under scrutiny for approval.
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