India's First Underwater Metro to be inaugurated today (Photo Credit: PTI)
The City of Joy, Kolkata, is all set to welcome India’s first underground water metro line. Touted as the world's cheapest metro, the East-West line will become operative later this week after the partial rollout scheduled today. With the inauguration of this line, the city will now get the East-West Metro, which was earlier limited only to North-South route. The February 13 event will witness the inauguration of the elevated portion by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and not the underwater route. The particular phase of the metro project, which stretches between Sector V and Howrah Maidan stations comprises elevated as well as underground stretch.
The Trinamool Congress, on the other hand, protested against the denial of invitation to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the inauguration of the East-West Metro corridor with a senior party MP and an MLA deciding to boycott the function. Senior TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and MLA Sujit Bose have decided not to attend the programme.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's name missing from the invitation for the inauguration of Phase I of the East-West Metro corridor between Salt Lake Sector-V to Salt Lake Stadium. #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/FFWcXcaKqE— ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2020
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will flag off the first train under East-West Metro service from Salt Lake on February 13 and the commercial run will start from February 14.
The first phase of the East West Metro corridor connecting Sector V with Salt Lake Stadium in the city will be inaugurated on Thursday by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, an official said. The railway minister will flag off the inaugural run on the 4.88-km section of the much-awaited metro corridor at 5 pm on Thursday, a Metro official said on Wednesday.
Regular commercial services connecting Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations will commence on Friday, the official said.