New Delhi: Kolkata is all set to roll out the services for India’s very first underwater metro train service on the East-West Metro project line. But wait, did they forget to invite the Chief Minister?
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s name was nowhere to be seen on the invitation card for the inaugural ceremony of Phase-I Kolkata’s East-West metro corridor, which is scheduled to begin its services from today. The train will be functional between Salt Lake Sector-V and the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, better known as Salt Lake Stadium.
If reports are to be believed, CM Banerjee has decided to skip the inauguration due to her party, Trinamool Congress’ standoff with the Centre. The East-West Metro corridor is scheduled to be inaugurated by Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
When the TMC leadership learnt that the official invitation card misses naming the state’s chief minister, all the three leaders decided to stick by their supremo and skip the ceremony.
Invitations were sent to TMC MP Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, state Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sujit Bose and Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation Krishna Chakraborty.
The train, executed by the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited, is designed in a way that will drastically cut down travel cost and time, almost by an hour and a half. The construction for the underwater metro line had started in April 2017, and it is expected to ferry 10 lakh passengers per day by the year 2035.
Once completed, the train will connect the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata, through Hooghly river.
Earlier in August 2019, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal gave a glimpse of India’s first underwater metro in a Twitter video and called it an “example of excellent engineering”.