Kolkata Underwater Metro

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.

What Is the Underwater Metro in Kolkata?

The Kolkata Underwater Metro line is a part of the East-West Metro line connecting the Sealdah and Howrah stations. The tunnel, known as the East-West Metro tunnel, will have a part running 30 metres under the Hoogly river of about 520 Kms, which is deemed as the most exciting part of the project. While the regular metro line has been functional since February 13 of 2020, the underwater portion of the tunnel was expected to be completed by 2021 but delays caused might further push the completion date to 2022. 

The tunnel under the river is estimated to allow passengers to reach the Mahakaran station from Howran under 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.

How Much Is the Cost of the Kolkata Underwater Metro Line?

The project foundation was laid in the year 2009 and the total cost was calculated to be around INR 49 Billion for a total length of 14 Kms. But the emergence of delays and issues caused by extension of the track length has almost doubled the cost to around INR 86 billion. 

Japan International Cooperation Agency has lent around INR 41.6 billion while the Indian Railway Board is expected to provide around INR 20 crore over two years towards the completion of the project.

Kolkata Underwater Metro Route

Connecting the East-West corridor, the project is being completed under the Indian Railways and shall span from the Salt Lake Stadium to Howrah. Spanning from the Salt Lake Sector 5 to Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Center and Bengal Chemical, about 5 kilometres of the line is ready and under scrutiny for approval.

Reduced Travel Time along the Underwater Metro in Kolkata

While the new metro line is expected to support up to 40% of daily traffic, the underwater metro line is believed to cut the travel time across the Hooghly river to under a minute. Using the ferry to cross the river takes around 20 minutes and travelling by road can take up to 30 mins or 45 mins.


Let us know what you think of Kolkata’s newest addition for its travellers in the comments below!

This post was published by Sushmita Ghangas

Share this post on social media
Google +

Top Hotels In Kolkata

Book Kolkata Activities

Related Articles

Transport

Transport

Kolkata to Bhutan : How to Get to Bhutan From Kolkata

Adventure

Adventure

Amazing Amusement Parks in Kolkata for a Funtastic Day

Transport

Transport

Trams in Kolkata - All About Asia's Oldest Running Trams

Romantic & Honeymoon

Romantic & Honeymoon

Romantic Places in Kolkata To Go On A Perfect Date

Kolkata Street Food: 20 Lip-smacking Places For Street Food In Calcutta

Experiences

Experiences

Haunted Places In Kolkata | 12 Real Ghost Stories

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

12 Breakfast Places in Kolkata for Your Early Morning Hunger Pangs

Fairs & Festivals

Fairs & Festivals

Durga Puja in Kolkata 2019 - Festival Celebrations

Fairs & Festivals

Fairs & Festivals

8 Festivals in Kolkata That You Must Experience!

Shopping

Shopping

Shopping In Kolkata

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

History Of Kolkata

Road Trips

Road Trips

One Day Trips From Kolkata | One Day Outing Near Kolkata

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Places to visit near Kolkata under 200kms

Road Trips

Road Trips

Road Trips from Kolkata: Motorcycle Diaries Part 4

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Places To Visit Near Kolkata In Winters | Short Winter Trips From Kolkata

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Art Galleries in Kolkata for All You Art Connoisseurs

Experiences

Experiences

Popular Stadiums in Kolkata for All You Sports Geeks

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Gorgeous Parks in Kolkata for a Day Amidst Nature

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Things to do in Kolkata: Exploring the City of Joy

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Historical Places in Kolkata To Witness Glorious Heritage

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Best Malls in Kolkata For Shopping, Movies & Entertainment!

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Kolkata's Cafe #377 Opened its Doors Last Month, With The Message of Equality and Unity

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Water Parks In Kolkata To Make The Most Of Your Summer!

Wildlife & Nature

Wildlife & Nature

All You Need to Know About the Kolkata Botanical Gardens

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Gardens in Kolkata

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Did You Know There Is A Temple For Amitabh Bachchan In This City?

Experiences

Experiences

KMRC is All Set to Operate the Nation’s First Underwater Metro Train in Kolkata

6 Interesting and Unique finds in Kolkata #TWC

Religious

Religious

Gurudwaras in Kolkata to Seek Blessings and Find Peace

Beaches & Islands

Beaches & Islands

Best Beaches Near Kolkata For A Quick Weekend Trip

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Places to Visit near Kolkata Within 100 Kms

Comments on this post