The trial run of the East-West Metro route in Kolkata has been unbeaten and passed off without any hurdles. Given the glitch-free run, the commercial service on the 3 km stretch between Salt Lake Sector V to the Stadium will commence soon. The East-West Metro route runs between Sector V in Salt Lake city to Howrah Maidan across the river Hooghly and covers a distance of 16.6 km.
Anup Kumar Kundu, Director, East-West Metro, shared that the rake used in this run was one of the five to be used in the commercial service of the first phase. The tracks, rakes and many other components were checked at the time of the first run and were found to be perfect. Metro authorities have received two state-of-the-art coaches, and another is expected within a few days. The other two rakes are anticipated within a month or two.
Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL), East-West Metro project has been facing prolonged delays due to lack of clearances and incomplete land acquisition. In June 2017, the completion of tunnels under river Hooghly served as a significant milestone for the project. While a 10.8 km stretch in this project will be made underground, the rest will comprise of an elevated section. Currently, the route covers 27.23 km from Noapara in the North to Kavi Subhash station in the southern part of the city.
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