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The wait is finally over India’s first underwater metro rail Will hit the tracks February 13, 2020. The East-West Metro Railway is set to launch a 16.60 km long underground train from Salt Lake Sector V to Yuva Bharti Kridangan in the Tech Hub of Kolkata.
This underwater section will be running partially under the Hooghly River. It is the most expensive metro project in India and will be inaugurated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Minister Babul Supriyo. The new metro line is expected to carry around 9 lakh passengers and will cover the 520-meter river tunnel in less than a minute.
Currently, it takes a minimum of 20 minutes by ferry and more than an hour if you are arriving by road. The 16.06 km long metro line will have six stations with terminals at Salt Lake Sector V and Howrah Maidan.
According to reports, it Understander Metro Corridor is being compared to EurostarThe technological marvel that connects London and Paris. The KMRC website states, “The reinforced concrete segmented tunnel lining has a thickness of more than a quarter and is caulked with a composite gasket of neoprene and hydrophilic rubber to seal the tunnel for water ingress. This miracle of modern technology is a rare venture in India as well as the first in the world.
News Source: Times Now and Times of India