Kolkata: The first phase of the East-West Metro from Salt Lake Sector V to Salt Lake stadium will be operational by the end of March 2019 or the beginning of April 2019, Babul Supriyo Union Minister of State for Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises had said. The target for the phase-2 from Howrah Maidan to Sector V is June 2021.
He said,”The KMRCL (Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd), the executing agency of the project, wants to ensure that safety and security measures are in place before starting the services.”
“We are installing a modernised signaling system, the software for which is to be imported from Japan. There are several sharp bends and curves in the alignment from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium.”
The software is expected by the end of December.
There will be 5 rakes in stock before starting the services on the first phase.
A KMRCL official said,”We will begin with 2 or 3 and will increase the frequency depending upon the passenger demand.”
The first phase from Salt Lake stadium till Sector V will have 6 stations and cover a distance of 5.5 km.
The Esplanade to Sealdah phase will be operational by June 2019.
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