KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): The East-West Metro Sealdah link will go into service today, while the commercial run will start on Thursday. Commuters can travel 9 km from Sector V to Sealdah in just 21 minutes and the journey will cost Rs 20. Trains will run at 10-minute intervals between Sector 5 and Sealdah stations.
A stage has been installed in the concourse of the non-functional Howrah Maidan station, which will become one of the terminal stations of the East-West Metro (the other being Sector V), once the entire 16 km corridor will be linked, via the Hooghly River in the Next year.
Kolkata Metro Line 2, which started in phases in March 2020, currently covers a distance of 6.6 km from Sector V to Phoolbagan with six stations. After the edition of the seventh station and a 2.3 km stretch, Metro Railway expects 45,000 to 50,000 daily riders along the East-West metro. The Sector 5-Phoobagan section currently has about 3,000 daily users.
Two BEML rakes were prepared for today’s inaugural race. East-West Metro boasts of these high-tech trains designed to automatically stop at a station and their doors synchronized with platform screen doors.
East-West Metro was equipped to operate on the Automatic Train Control and Signaling System. Even though it now operates in a conventional way – with the responsibility of conductors stopping trains at stations so that two sets of doors are perfectly aligned – the conductor’s role will become minimal once the entire metro East-West will be ready.
The Bowbazaar incident postponed the commissioning of Sealdah station, which received approval from the Railway Safety Commissioner (CRS) on March 24. The validity of the security clearance expired on June 23 and the CRS had to extend it for another three months.
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