Kolkata Metro Update : Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani Inspects East-West Metro Project

Kolkata Metro Update : Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani Inspects East-West Metro Project

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Date Of Post: 05 Mar, 2018

Kolkata: Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, on Saturday inspected the boring work of the tunnel of the East-West Metro project.

During The Inspection-

  • Lohani started the underground journey from Howrah Maidan.
  • He went till the point where the west-bound tunnel has been dug, a few metres from Esplanade.
  • He inspected the emergency evacuation-cum-ventilation shaft under Strand Road, which is the deepest ventilation shaft in the country at 19m below the ground.

More Information:

  • The boring machine has just gone past the Raj Bhavan and is now stationed under Esplanade.
  • A KMRC (Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation) official said, the twin tunnels will reach Esplanade by April, covering 3.8km from Howrah Maidan.
  • After reaching Sealdah, the two tunnel boring machines, operated by construction company Afcons will be withdrawn. From there, two new machines operated by ITD-ITD CEM will start digging the tunnels till Sealdah.

About The Project:

  • The East-West project that aims to connect Salt Lake’s Sector V with Howrah Maidan through the Hooghly has been divided into 4 phases.
  • The official said, trains will first run on the Sector V-Salt Lake stadium stretch and then till Phoolbagan, followed by Sealdah and lastly Howrah Maidan.


  • The Metro authorities have set June as the deadline for starting the stretch between Sector V and the stadium.
  • The Sealdah-Howrah Maidan phase will be operational by the end of 2020.
  • The upcoming station at Howrah is being being built 33m below the ground, the deepest station in India.

    Image Credit: METRO RAIL KOLKATA

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