Kolkata: The wait is finally over as India’s first underwater metro train service is going to be rolled out in Kolkata very soon! Known as the East-West Metro project, which in its later phase will run underwater, will be inaugurated on Thursday. The part running between Kolkata’s tech hub of Salt Lake Sector V and the Yuva Bharati Krirangan will see the light of the day. The train has been planned to drastically cut down travel cost and time, almost by an hour and a half. Also Read - India's First Underwater Metro to Start in Kolkata Soon
Here’s what you need to know:
-Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited is executing the metro project, which is technologically similar to the Eurostar (connecting Paris and London) and connects the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata.
-The Kolkata East-West Metro line is 16.6 km long and it is expected to ferry 10 lakh passengers per day by year 2035.
-The construction for the underwater metro line had started in April 2017. The machines for tunnel boring were brought from Germany.
-Out of the total 16.6 km, 5.8 km is an elevated corridor and 10.8 km will run underground. The 520-metre twin tunnels under the river are part of the underground stretch.
-The metro train will run at a speed of 80 km per hour and the total estimated cost of the project is Rs 8,996.96 crore.
-Once commissioned, people can travel more than a 10-storied building below the water surface for nearly half a kilometre across the 460 metres wide Hooghly river.
Back 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’.
Watch it here:
The Kolkata Metro construction progress was hindered in August due to an aquifer burst in central Kolkata during the tunnel boring work.