Smriti Irani set to open EW’s Sealdah metro station on July 11
Sealdah, a major station in the East-West metro corridor, will be inaugurated on July 11 for which Union Minister Smriti Irani has been invited, an official here said on Saturday.
Commercial services between Salt Lake Sector V and Sealdah will begin from July 14, Metro Railway spokesman Ekalabya Chakraborty said.
Metro authorities hope that the extension of services to Sealdah will significantly increase the number of passengers in the partially operational east-west metro corridor, which suffers from low ridership.
“Sealdah Station of the East-West Metro will be inaugurated on Monday and Union Minister Smriti Irani has been invited to inaugurate it,” he said.
Even if the Minister for Women’s Union and Child Development and Minority Affairs is unable to make the time, the inauguration will still take place on that day, Chakraborty said.
The subway station will connect commuter rail services to and from Sealdah, one of the nation’s busiest terminal stations, providing connectivity for passengers traveling to Salt Lake and the IT hub. of sector V.
The East West Metro section linking Howrah Maidan and Salt Lake is partially operational at present with services operated between the Sector V station and Phoolbagan.
Of the 16.6 km in length of the East-West Metro, the underground corridor constitutes 10.8 km between Howrah and Phoolbagan, with the tunnel passing under the Hooghly River. For the rest of the route, trains will run on elevated tracks, according to KMRC, the project’s executing agency.
Several houses developed cracks during underground works on the East West metro line at Bowbazar in central Kolkata in May, nearly three years after a similar incident.
On August 31, 2019, a tunnel boring machine struck an aquifer, causing severe ground subsidence and the collapse of several buildings in Bowbazar. This has caused a delay in the completion of the project, which was previously scheduled for December 2021.
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