India’s First Underwater Metro Soon To Start In Kolkata

Kolkata is decked up to complete its first East-West Metro project, which runs partly under the city’s iconic Hooghly river, by March 2022. The project has been delayed by several years due to its doubled cost.   

Under water metro Kolkata
Source Indiacom

As per a report, the metro authority is seeking a final 200 million rupees installment from the India Railway board for the completion of the project. A soft loan of 41.6 billion rupees from the Japan International Cooperation Agency also has a contribution to the project.

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The south-north and east-west metro services will together contribute to tackle traffic and curb pollution in Kolkata.

India's First Underwater Metro Soon To Start In Kolkata
Source YourStory

“About 40% of total transport demand will be tackled by these two metro services,” Sarkar said in an interview at his office in Kolkata. “It will be a relief for environmental pollution and the city should be much more decongested.”

For the unknown, the north-south metro service in Kolkata is the oldest of all metro services in the country. Kolkata metro dates backs to 1984.

Kolkata Metro
Source The Indian Express

The new East-West line, for a brief period (520m), passes under the water. The metro will carry as many as 900,000 people daily, which is roughly 20% of the city’s population.

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Kolkata metro service will repay Japan’s loan over the next 30 years with an interest rate ranging between 1.2% to 1.6%.

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