Kolkata Metro To Add Another 50 Km By 2021
The Kolkata Metro is set to extend by another 50 kilometre in the next three years as the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the agency that has executed most of the Metro projects in the city, has now invited bids for four new routes in the city. The routes include the East-West Metro connection from Howrah Maidan to Sector-V, Kavi Subhash to the airport route and a nine km-stretch from Joka to Majerhat.
Here’s all you need to know about the Kolkata Metro:
Line-I: The 27.22-km route runs between Noapara and Kavi Subhash, and is known to be country’s first underground railway. This route was first started in 1984, and was later extended in 2013. There are 24 stations on this route of which 15 are underground.
Line-II: Also known as the East-West corridor, Line II is the latest Metro project in Kolkata. The 16.6-km route that is likely to be constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs 4,500 crore will be developed in two phases. The first phase will be 9.4-km in which the 5.8-km elevated stretch will be constructed, too. The remaining 10.8-km of the total stretch will be underground. There will be 12 stations on this route – four elevated and eight underground. This route will also see the country’s first under-water Metro route, wherein the train will pass under the Hooghly River.
Line-III: The 16.72-km route will run between Joka in the south of the city and Esplanade in the central part. There will be 11 stations on this route, construction of which is yet to begin.
Line-IV: The link between Kavi Subhash and the city’s international airport will have 24 stations. The 29.1-km stretch will have 24 stations, connecting the peripheries of the city.