The metro railway in Kolkata is the first metro network in India and was established in 1984. It is also the second busiest metro network in India! As such, it is bound to have a lot of new updates. To prevent you from the hassle of skipping from one link to another, here are Kolkata Metro’s latest updates in one place!
Here Are Kolkata Metro’s Latest Updates
1. Completion Of Purple Line To Be Delayed
🚉Progress Update of Majerhat Metro Station of Joka-Esplanade Corridor (Purple Line), Kolkata
1️⃣Concreting & Scaffolding Work
2️⃣Covering of platform roof
3️⃣Installation of escalators from the Concourse to Platform
4️⃣Beautification work with murals pic.twitter.com/P2F0X1xQkV
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) September 16, 2023
According to an article recently published by the Financial Express, the completion of the Purple Line of the Kolkata Metro, also called the Joka-Esplanade corridor, will most likely be delayed. This is because the Calcutta High Court has recently ordered the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, or RVNL, to not uproot trees for constructing the Metro station in the Maidaan area. Further hearings for the matter will be held on November 9, 2023.
2. Kolkata Metro Generates ₹6.12 Crores In Revenue During Durga Puja
Kolkata Metro earns revenue of about ₹6.12 crore during the six-day period of Durga Pujo, with 41.65 lakh passengers opting for the service.
Out of the total footfall, the North-South Metro, which connects Dakshineswar to Kavi Subhash, recorded almost 39.5 lakh, which amounted… pic.twitter.com/eROBdBuHWk
— The West Bengal Index (@TheBengalIndex) October 26, 2023
The Kolkata Metro witnessed some of the highest number of passengers during the Durga Puja festivities this year. From Mahapanchami to Bijoydashami, Kolkata Metro managed to transport more than four lakh passengers! According to an article recently published by The Times Of India or TOI, a total of 4,165,000 passengers were transported. This resulted in the revenue generation of more than ₹6.12 crores.
3. Restriction On Goods Vehicles On VIP Road Due To Metro Rail Construction
Ritwik Ghatak Metro Station of Kavi Subhash-Biman Bandar (Orange Line) Kolkata progress update🚉
– Concreting work nearing completion
– Installation of Escalators, Lifts & other amenities
Upon completion, it will provide faster connectivity to Kolkata Airport. pic.twitter.com/vlHCLEJede
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) October 9, 2023
Goods vehicles will not be allowed on VIP Road starting November 23, 2023. This is because of the construction of the Orange Line of the Kolkata Metro. The orange line connects New Garia with the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport and VIP Road is one of the major avenues that connects to the airport. As such, goods vehicles will not allowed to ply on this road at night, from 12 AM to 5:30 AM, for four days a week.
4. New Pics Of Orange Line Released
— Metro Railway Kolkata (@metrorailwaykol) October 28, 2023
The social media handle of the Kolkata Metro recently shared pictures of the currently under-construction Orange Line. A post was shared on the micro-blogging website X (formerly known as Twitter) which stated that the work for the line was in full swing. The pictures looked quite promising and many are awaiting the completion of the Orange Line.
5. Track-Laying In The Defunct Cave-In Zone For The Green Line Begins
KMRC has started laying tracks along the 2.5 KM Esplanade-Sealdah section, taking the East West Metro Project towards the full 16 KM Sector V-Howrah Maidan run.
This was the defunct cave-in zone which posed a major challenge, is now likely to be completed by June 2024. pic.twitter.com/y6QDHncwiI
— নক্ষত্র | Nakshatra ❁ (@BombagorerRaja) October 27, 2023
The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited or the KMRCL has begun laying down tracks along the Esplanade-Sealdah section which stretches across 2.5 kilometres. It is a part of the East-West Metro Project which is a total of 16 kilometres long and connects Sector V to Howrah Maidaan. According to reports, the entire corridor will be completed in June 2024.
Which of these updates did you find the most useful? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments section below!
Cover Image Credits: @metrorailwaykol & @BombagorerjaRaja/ X (Formerly, Twitter)
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