Connecting Lines of Kolkata Metro
The network of Kolkata Metro is currently consisting of one operational line from Noapara to Kavi Subhash. Five other lines are under construction. Kolkata Metro was the first metro railway in India, opening for commercial services from 1984.
History of Kolkata Metro
It was in the year 1947 the transport problem of Kolkata drew the attention of city planners, the state government and also the government of India. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal has the idea of building an Underground Railway for Kolkata to try to solve the problems. A survey was done by a team of French experts, but nothing concrete came out of this. The efforts to solve the problem by augmenting the existing fleet of public transport vehicles hardly helped, since roads account for only 4.2% of the surface area in Kolkata, compared with 25% in Delhi and even 30% in other cities. With a view to finding alternative solutions to alleviate the suffering of the people of Kolkata, the Metropolitan Transport Project (Rlys) was set up in 1969. The Railway Ministry with help of Soviet specialists Lenmetroproekt and East German engineers, prepared a master plan to provide five rapid-transit lines for the city of Kolkata, totalling a route length of 97.5 km in 1971 and led the establishment of Metro Railways in Kolkata.
Extension of Metro Railways
On 29th December 2010, Kolkata became the 17th zone of the Indian Railways, operated by the Ministry of Railways. Previously there was only one metro railway in Kolkata. But currently there is another metro railway growing in Kolkata called East West Metro Corridor operated by Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation which is a Government of India Enterprise.
Security of Kolkata Metro
All the stations of Kolkata Metro are equipped with closed-circuit cameras, metal detectors, and X-ray baggage scanners, making the metro the safest form of transport in Kolkata. The taking of photographs, eating, drinking and smoking are all prohibited on the metro premises.
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