Kolkata: Here’s some good news for Kolkata commuters. The much-awaited East-West metro services will begin from Salt Lake Sector Five to Salt Lake Stadium on February 13.
East-West Metro will connect Kolkata with the twin city of Howrah, the tracks running through a tunnel under the Hooghly river.
The inaugural run of the East-West Metro in the Salt Lake section was cancelled three times due to delay in construction work and problems with the signalling system.
The Commission of Railway Safety had earlier issued the clearance to run Metro services from Salt Lake Sector Five to Salt Lake Stadium. But the schedule went haywire thrice due to technical reasons. The problems sorted out, East-West Metro authorities have decided to start operations from Salt Lake Sector Five to Salt Lake Stadium on February 13.
The Metro railway authorities had conducted trial run in this 5 km section several times. In fact, the tracks were tested up to Phoolbagan station several times and Metro authorities say they are ready to extend services up to Phoolbagan if the Commissioners of Railway Safety gave the green signal. Metro insiders told Bulletin Hours that the Phoolbagan stretch could be operational by March.
There have been several hiccups in the ambitious project, the latest being in August last year when several old building in the Bowbazar area collapsed due to the boring work. All work has been stopped following a court order in stretch.
The Metro rail authorities had planned to start the 16.6 km East-West Metro services in June 2021, a deadline that seems likely to be missed.