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Trial Run of India’s first underwater metro between Howrah Maidan and Esplanade

Posted by Manisha Dugar on April 17, 2023

Kolkata’s East-West Metro has been the talk of the town since its conception. The major point that catches everyone’s attention is that it will be India’s deepest metro. The long-running metro rail lines shall run beneath the Hooghly River between Howrah Maidan and the Esplanade. This trial run was successful last week, and the trial will continue for seven months.

Kolkata Metro is likely to complete the construction work on the whole East-West metro railway corridor by year-end. The move comes after a senior railway board official inspected the Howrah Maidan to Sealdah stretch of the East-West metro.

On Sunday, Roop N Sunkar, Member Infrastructure, Railway Board, along with other senior officials from Kolkata Metro and Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) conducted a trolley inspection from Howrah Maidan to Esplanade Metro station under the river Hooghly. The inspection covered different passenger amenities such as lifts, escalators, ticket counters, tunnel ventilation systems, and station cooling arrangements, among others. 

The completion of safety trials for the Esplanade-Howrah Maidan section is a significant milestone for the Kolkata East-West Metro Corridor. It brings the project one step closer to completion and will enable Kolkata commuters to enjoy faster and more convenient travel across the city.


The Kolkata Metro’s East-West Corridor is set to expand with the upcoming launch of commercial service on the 4.8 km underground section between Howrah Maidan and Esplanade.


This section will add 12 stations to the East-West Corridor, including Howrah Maidan, Howrah station complex, BBD Bagh (Mahakaran), Esplanade, Sealdah, Phoolbagan, Salt Lake stadium, Bengal Chemical, City Centre, Central Park, Karunamoyee, and Salt Lake Sector-V. 

So get ready to explore Kolkata in a whole new way with the East-West Corridor’s extended route!

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