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Kolkata is all set to get India’s first-ever underwater metro railway. The tunneling work for the East-West Metro corridor is in its final stages and operations in a small stretch will start soon. The 16.6 KM long line 2 of Kolkata metro will see a footfall of 1 million passengers by 2035 says a senior official of Indian railways.
The project is currently going at a rapid pace and if everything goes well the East-West Metro should be completely open to the public by 2021. The most amazing thing about this metro line is the underwater tunnel beneath the Ganges. There is a 520-meter long twin tunnel built 30 meters below the riverbed of Ganges. This tunnel will connect the Howrah and Mahakaran stations of the metro line. The tunnels are engineering marvels and have all necessary safety features. Trains will run at around 80 KMPH inside the tunnels and it will take less than a minute to for the trains to cross the tunnels.
The railway minister Piyush Goyal twitted about the project,
According to our estimation, by 2035, one million passengers will be using this metro line every day.
East-West Metro: Phase 1
Phase 1 of this project is expected to start as early as next month. In the Phase 1 trains will operate from Salt lake Sector V and will terminate at the Saltlake Stadium station. The length of this stretch is just a bit more than 5 KM. However, recently some complications have arrived. The fire services department of West Bengal has refused approval to two of the stations. The Bengal Chemicals and Salt Lake Stadium stations lack an extra third exit which is important in case of an emergency.
Now as it looks, without the clearance of these two stations the phase 1 can become even shorter. Trains might now terminate at City Centre which will make the phase 1 length just around 3.5 KM.