PM Narendra Modi Hails Kolkata Metro For Completing Underwater Trial Runs: Watch Video

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PM Narendra Modi Hails Kolkata Metro For Completing Underwater Trial Runs: Watch Video

Kolkata Metro conducted its first underwater trial run, creating history on Wednesday. This is when a rake of the metro train ran through a tunnel under a river for the first time in India. The metro ran under the river Hoogly from Kolkata to Howrah with officials and engineers onboard. Sharing the achievement by the rail corporation on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it “an encouraging trend for public transport in India.” The PM also shared a video originally posted by Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

After the trials, the officials said that the underwater metro was a ‘revolutionary step’ in providing modern transport to the citizens in Kolkata. At the time of the trials, another rake of the train also reached the Howrah Maidan station using the same route. It is to be noted that the trial runs for the next stretch of the Kolkata Metro (Howrah Maidan-Esplanade Station) will be conducted in the coming 5-7 months, following which the services of the metro will commence.

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Howrah Maidan will be the country’s deepest Metro stop, 33 meters below the surface, once this stretch is fully operational. The tunnel under the river is 32 meters below the water’s surface level, and that the Metro is anticipated to travel the 520-metre stretch beneath the Hooghly in 45 seconds.

Between Sealdah and Sector V stations, the East-West Metro corridor that connects Howrah Maidan and Sector V, Salt Lake City’s information technology core, is partially operating.

10.8 km of the 16.6 km of the East-West Metro are subterranean, traveling beneath the Hooghly River between Howrah Maidan and Phoolbagan; the remaining kilometers are elevated, with the East-West Metro Corridor’s operating company.

When the underwater Kolkata Metro begins operations, the city will join the likes of London, Shanghai, New York, Paris, and Cairo, which have operational underwater metro services under the Thames, Huangpu, Hudson, Seine, and the Nile.

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