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An engineering marvel on track: India’s first underwater metro inches towards completion in Kolkata

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation inaugurated the East-West corridor on February 13, which will link the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. At present, only the elevated corridor is functional, but upon completion of the final stretch by 2022, the INR8,575 crore project will be the first underwater suburban rail transport in India.
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A trial run of Kolkata's East-West Metro on the elevated track between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium under way on June 10, 2019. BCCL
A trial run of Kolkata's East-West Metro on the elevated track between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium under way on June 10, 2019.
For decades, the grand and iconic Howrah Bridge has served as the link between Kolkata and its twin city. This engineering marvel was followed by the impressive Vidyasagar Setu. Now, the City of Joy is preparing to achieve yet another infrastructure feat. Speeding past the Hooghly in about a minute, that too 10 storeys under the riverbed, will
Bowbazar recently after Calcutta High Court gave its nod. The engineers will be happy to know that the first phase has been started, but it will take till 2022, if there are no further mishaps, for the full East-West Corridor to be thrown open, allowing passengers to cross the Hooghly in a minute. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)
For decades, the grand and iconic Howrah Bridge has served as the link between Kolkata and its twin city. This engineering marvel was followed by the impressive Vidyasagar Setu. Now, the City of Joy is preparing to achieve yet another infrastructure feat. Speeding past the Hooghly in about a minute, that too 10 storeys under the riverbed, will Bowbazar recently after Calcutta High Court gave its nod. The engineers will be happy to know that the first phase has been started, but it will take till 2022, if there are no further mishaps, for the full East-West Corridor to be thrown open, allowing passengers to cross the Hooghly in a minute. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)

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