Kolkata’s largest Metro station to open today

Commuters using the city’s lifeline -- the Kolkata Metro Railway -- will have two reasons to celebrate this summer. The Metro will on Wednesday throw open its largest station, and starting later this month it will play instrumental music at select stations for passengers’ enjoyment. The largest station at Noapara, 2.2 km from the Dumdum stop, the northernmost of the Metro, boasts of four platforms instead of the usual two.

The sprawling station will have three elevators and six escalators for the ease of passengers, and will link the city and Barasat in North 24-Parganas. ‘We have 24 stations, now this will be the 25th one and the largest. There will be four platforms instead of two and host of other facilities,’ the Metro Railway’s deputy general manager Protyush Ghosh said. Stretching across 25.135 km on the city’s busy north-south axis, from Dumdum to Kavi Subhash, the Kolkata Metro ferries around 6.5 lakh commuters on weekdays and nearly four lakh passengers on weekends.
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