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Indian Railway Provides World Class Train Ride on East West Metro with cheapest fare for 300 years old city of Kolkata

Indian Railway Provides World Class Train Ride on East West Metro with cheapest fare for 300 years old city of Kolkata

Kolkata, Feb 14 (UNI) Hit on the inaugural commercial run of East West Metro, a world class facilities for the commuters with the cheapest fare of Rs 5 for first two kilometers ride as dozen of office goers queued up early in the morning at Sector V station to be first riders of historic run.



Indian Railways provide cheapest and quickest mode of transport with initial price of Rs 5 both on underground Metro Railway, surface railway and latest East West Metro. Other cheapest mode of transport for a passenger cost Rs 7 for a bus ride even for a half-a-kilometer.



The 300 years plus old city of Kolkata, then Calcutta, witnessed India's first underground rail connectivity between south and north in 1984, the inauguration of East West Metro in city's IT hub at Salt Lake sector V by Railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday marked a new milestone for

Indian Railway that would connect Kolkata in east to Howrah in the west under river Hooghly.

Kolkata's Metro service caters to the North-South route, stretching from Dum Dum to Garia, about 27.5 kms.



However, for now the newly laid East West Metro would shuttle between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake stadium for a stretch of over 5 kms of six stations.

" The City of Joy has one more reason to rejoice," Goyal twitted again today.

" Newly inaugurated East-West section of Kolkata Metro will decongest traffic & reduce pollution in the city." he maintained.

" With solar panels, the stretch has taken green initiatives along with providing a multitude of modern passenger amenities," said the Railway minister, who also assured that Phoolbagan station to be operational before this Durga Puja in the 2nd phase.



Sector V, the city's hub of IT and ITE is growing fast for past 20 years with skyline ever changing with sky-touching buildings coming up and generating employment to new passed out graduate professionals, often faced problem with transportation.

" The newly laid line of East West Metro would help us massively to reach destination on time," said one of the riders today.

" Our mode of transport at odd time depended on App cabs which is costly for regular goers and now Indian Railways will be boon for IT hub in the city," said another a young computer professional.



East West Metro to be first India's 'underwater' railway connectivity, once completed the 16.5 kms stretch.

The new Metro line will connect Salt Lake and Howrah and is expected to be in business by 2022.

UNI PC AKM

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