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Joka-Taratala metro- Updated rolling news

Posted by Manisha Dugar on November 12, 2022

With the beginning of Metro services on two new routes, Joka-Taratala and Garia-Ruby, commuting in Kolkata will soon be made simpler. 

By August of next year, service on the East-West Metro, which connects Salt Lake City and Howrah through Kolkata, is also anticipated. Due to various unavoidable circumstances, the East-West Metro has been considerably delayed. Services on the Joka-Esplanade Line, which was substantially delayed, would be condensed between Joka and Taratala in the initial phase. 

On the Taratala-Joka stretch of the Metro, a speed trial was held on November 10, in the presence of the commissioner of railway safety. The train ran at a maximum speed of 61kmph, covering 6.5km in 10 minutes.

Md. Latief Khan, CRS, NF circle, in the presence of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited executive director Amit K Roy, Joka depot’s project director Rakesh Kumar, AGM (Electrical) S N Das and GM (mechanical) B K Roy, and other RVNL officials inaugurated the administrative office and the automatic train washing plant at the depot, the second largest after Noapara. After a thorough inspection of the railway lines and the six stops, a trial run was made. At 5.51 p.m., the rake left Taratala station, and at 6.01 p.m., it arrived at Joka station.

Mr. Khan also looked at the Joka Depot’s station control panel, the fire pump, the fire detection system, the points, the sub-stations, the escalators, the lifts, and various amenities for station patrons.

The Joka-Esplanade and the New Garia-Airport lines are expected to begin operating in Phase 1 within the upcoming weeks, according to the agencies. On September 15 and 24, respectively, the sections’ first train trials were held. Both portions will operate without signals and with a single train alone.

Beginning of December, a piece of the other completed Metro corridor—the New Garia-Ruby segment of the New Garia-Airport corridor—should be put into operation.

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