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Validation period for unveiling first phase of E-W Metro extended by 3 months

Kolkata: Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) has extended the validation period for unveiling the first phase of East-West Metro by three months.

According to sources, Commission of Railway Safety had inspected the first phase of the East-West Metro stretch is five kilometres between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium in July. The corridor includes Salt Lake Sector V station, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations.

The validation period for unveiling the first phase stretch ended on November 30, Kolkata Metro Railway on November 21 wrote to chief commissioner of railway safety S K Pathak (NF Circle Kolkata) seeking extension of the validation period for three months.

"Considering the constraints on the part of Metro Railway, Kolkata, validity of sanction on the subject section, is hereby extended for a further period of three months beyond November 30, 2019 .i.e. up to 29 February, 2020," read a letter issued by Commission of Railway Safety to Kolkata Metro Railway.

"The final date of inauguration of the East-West Metro first phase has not been decided yet. We will tell you once we finalise inauguration date," said Kolkata Metro Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Indrani Banerjee.

She said the entire trial run was conducted smoothly.

While the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) is implementing the East-West Metro project from Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, covering a distance of 16.5 kilometres, five rakes are being prepared for the commercial run.

The elevated corridor is 5.8 km and the underground stretch measures 10.8 km. An 11 km long tunnel has been constructed under river Hooghly.

Meanwhile, power trip caused some inconvenience to the passengers for a short while between Central metro station and Park Street metro station.

According to sources, the power trip took place in the third line between Central metro station and Park Street metro station at 5. 52 pm.

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