From India’s First Water Metro To Underground Metro, Here Are India’s Biggest Infrastructure Updates

by Shreya Rathod
From India’s First Water Metro To Underground Metro, Here Are India’s Biggest Infrastructure Updates

India is progressing at a faster pace! This can be seen in the multiple inaugurations of trains and bridges. In addition to this, the country has received a lot of firsts (like water metro, etc.). Here’s a list of every infrastructural development of India in the first quarter. 

India’s Infrastructure Updates 

1. India’s First

  • In Kochi, Kerala, the first water metro in India was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will use hybrid electric battery-powered boats to connect the city’s Malabar coast to ten islands.
  • Bypassing the tunnel beneath the Hooghly River, the Kolkata Metro achieved a first for the nation.
  • Along the Line of Actual Control, or LAC, the central government placed a signboard proclaiming Mana hamlet in Uttarakhand to be “India’s first village.”
  • The first elevated plane taxiway in India may start operating at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in September.
  • India’s first Apple store was opened on April 18th in Mumbai’s BKC.
  • On Friday, a tea shop was established at the Guwahati Railway Station and operated by a transperson to support the transgender community. 
  • The Vande Bharat Express train in Rajasthan is the first semi-high-speed passenger train to run on high-rise overhead electric cables in the entire world.
  • Mumbai is home to India’s first double-decker e-bus and operates between CSMT and Nariman Point.

2. Vande Bharat Trains

  • West Bengal’s first Vande Bharat Express operates between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri.
  • Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat Express is the 12th semi-high speed train flagged off by PM Modi.  
  • On April 12th, Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express was inaugurated. 
  • Kerala finally received its first Vande Bharat train on April 25th. 
  • PM Modi flagged off two Vande Bharat express trains from Mumbai — the first one to Shirdi and another to Solapur. 
  • On April 8th, PM Modi inaugurated Chennai-Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express. 
  • The 11th Vande Bharat Express train between New Delhi and Bhopal via Agra Cantt began service on April 1.

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3. Bharat Gaurav Trains

  • Ambedkar Yatra takes you on a journey to the prominent sites related to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. 
  • Punya Kshetra Yatra operates from Secunderabad and takes you on a spiritual journey. 
  • Guru Kirpa Yatra
  • Bharat Gaurav Delux AC was inaugurated on March 21st and explores North East India. 
  • Another Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC train was flagged off and takes you on a tour of the ‘Shri Ram-Janaki Yatra: Ayodhya to Janakpur’. 
  • The Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC tourist train was officially flagged off for “Garvi Gujarat” by Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

4. New Bridges & Highways

  • On February 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the Sohna-Bonli section of the new Delhi-Mumbai Motorway. It shortened the trip from Delhi to Jaipur to almost four hours.
  • Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister, formally opened the Ashram Flyover Extension on February 28.
  • Anji Khad Bridge is located in Jammu and Kashmir and is India’s first cable-stayed bridge. However, it will be operational by May 2023.

5. Metro Trains

  • On January 19, the new Mumbai Metro Lines 2A and 7 were inaugurated by the prime minister at the Gundavali metro station.
  • The water metro train was launched in Kochi. 
  • Bengaluru’s Whitefield metro train was launched by PM Modi 0n March 25th. 

6. Ongoing Projects

  • Kacchi Dargah–Bidupur Bridge in Bihar spans over the River Ganga but is still under construction. 
  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR corridor is a high-speed rail line which is under construction. 
  • Secunderabad Railway Station will undergo a makeover. 
  • The USBRL project is still under construction, however, it is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year. 

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These were some updates about India’s infrastructure.

Cover Image Courtesy: Narendra Modi/ Twitter