India’s very first rail metro network, Kolkata Metro is once again on the way to etch its name in India's history. Inspired by the European-style underwater tunnel, the state will have the country's first underwater metro rail tunnel as part of its East-West Metro project by March 2022 after a delay of several years and doubled costs.
Manas Sarkar, the managing director at KMRC, said that a final installment of 200 million rupees is likely to come in over the next two years from the Indian Railway Board and thus, conclude the project! The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, a government of India subsidiary, is heading the project.
What's in it for travellers?
This project is expected to cut down on the travel cost as well as the time of travel across the most populous of areas in Kolkata. The underwater tunnel will act as the prime attraction though, providing a unique travelling experience which will also be the first of its kind in India!
What is the route?
The project aims at connecting two major Indian Railways stations, namely the Howrah Junction railway station (HWH) and Sealdah Railway Station (SDAH) through Kolkata Metro network. Kolkata Metro East-West line will travel between Howrah metro station and Mahakaran metro stations, keeping all the commuters submerged under water for around a minute between these stations. The train will travel at a speed of 80 km per hour.