Kolkata Metro Extension

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today laid the foundation stone of the Rs 4,874.58-crore East-West Kolkata Metro corridor project, the first ever in the country to run under a river.

The central government will invest Rs 1,169 crore for the project through equity and subordinated debt, while the state government will spend around Rs 1,452.58 crore. The remaining Rs 2,253 crore will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a senior-term debt loan.

The 13.77-km corridor would run from Salt Lake Sector V, the IT hub of the city, up to Howrah Maidan. Of this, around 8 km will be underground with six stations and the balance 5.77 km will be on an elevated track.

The underground corridor starts from Howrah railway station and will cross the river Hooghly at a depth of 60 feet from the water level. The proposal to extend the metro alignment up to Howrah Maidan from Howrah station covering an additional 900 metres at an added cost of Rs 198.58 crore was sanctioned by the

Centre’s committee of empowered ministers last Thursday.

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) has been registered as a joint venture company with equal equity participtation from the Centre and the state government in July last year,” Bhattacharjee said. “It has already started issuing work orders and tenders,” he added.

Tender for the elevated corridor at Salt Lake was awarded to Gammon India Ltd on February 20, informed state Transport Secretary Sumantra Chowdhury, who is also the managing director of KMRC.

He added that KMRC aims to make the Salt Lake-Sealdah stretch ready by 2012. The deadline for completion of the entire project is October 2014.

courtesy: Business Standard


  1. Hi! Informative article. We are really feeling great to have this project. Rails beneath the river Ganges is something we could have dreamed of few years ago!

    Hopefully, it gets executed within the schedules time!


  2. Mervyn says:

    East-West metro to roll in five years: Buddha
    OUR CORRESPONDENT – Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata

    The proposed route of the East-West Metro
    Calcutta, Feb. 23: The Bengal chief minister kickstarted the East-West Metro and even announced a deadline for completion yesterday.

    “We will commission the project by October 31, 2014,” Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said at the foundation stone laying ceremony, sharing the dais with external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee.

    The Rs 4,874.58-crore project will have air-conditioned trains run 14.7km, from Howrah Maidan to Salt Lake Sector V. Part of the tracks will run through a tunnel below the Hooghly.

    Some officials are sceptical about meeting the deadline as time-bound execution of infrastructure projects is a rarity in Bengal.

    “A 3.4km stretch of the existing Metro (Bhowanipore to Esplanade) took 12 years to be ready. The entire 16.4km stretch was commissioned in 23 years,” said a Metro official. “But the technology has since vastly improved and the chief minister’s deadline might just be met.”

    After lighting the inaugural lamp, Bhattacharjee read out the names of the 12 stations — Sector V (near Wipro), Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemicals, Salt Lake Stadium, Phoolbagan, Sealdah, Central, Mahakaran, Howrah and Howrah Maidan. “The minimum fare will be Rs 8. Initially, the trains will run every three minutes. The frequency will be brought down to two-and-a-half later,” the chief minister said. The trains will run from 5am to 12am.

    Six stations — from Sector V to Phoolbagan — will be underground and the rest elevated. “The coaches and underground stations will be air-conditioned. As for the other stations, we are yet to take a decision,” said A.K. Chattopadhyay, the chief electrical engineer of the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

    In a first for India, the tunnel will pass below a river at a depth of 35 metres, linking Mahakaran and Howrah stations. “This is the first time in our country that a train will pass below a river, and that, too, the mighty Ganges,” said Mukherjee, who is also the chairman of the Mass Rapid Transport System Committee that gave the final go-ahead to the project.

    The new Metro will be suicide-proof, claimed engineers. “There will be a screen doors on each platform which will withdraw only after the train comes to a stop and close again before it leaves,” said Chattopadhyay.

    He added that there would initially be 16 four-car trains. “But we will have the provision to increase the number of coaches to six.”

    Commuters of the East-West Metro and the existing North-South Metro will be able to interchange from one to the other at Central station.

    A major part of the cost — Rs 2,253 crore — will come as loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The Centre and the state will raise the rest. A consortium of five firms from across the world will execute the project.

  3. Surajit says:

    plz let me know apart from gammomn India how many other companys are awarded
    the job

  4. Devmalya Sen says:

    I am really very glad that the govt. of bengal and india have taken this decision and really proud as the east west metro will be the second of its kind in the world after the metro in london which passes under the river thames. Hope the work will soon be completed.

  5. jyoti says:

    to: Devmalya Sen

    When the Kolkata East West Metro is completed, it is NOT the second of its kind in the world after the metro in London (Tube) which passes under the River Thames to Greenwich and its surrounding areas.

    In San Francisco, the BART runs under the sea in the Bay Area covering Oakland and others with San Francisco city. Also, in Hong Kong, the MTR runs under the sea in three different sections of the city. If I am not wrong, I think certain sections of Singapore MRT also runs under the sea.

    I have taken rides on all of them and know they were built some years ago and not fairly new. These are only a few examples.

  6. sandeep danwar says:

    i am filling like i am going to live in haven on earth.the goverment have done a remarkable job in infrastructure.good going.

  7. Devmalya Sen says:

    man, I am waiting for this project to end soon. if you have some latest photos of the completion of the project, then pls send them to my email address.

  8. shrijit says:

    i dont want to hurt you Debmallya but you are getting a brand new transit system in your won city but do you know the whole thing will be made by some other country specialy the railways systems.what after 10 nyears when spear parts will be not available.you know France waited for 17 years they made there won technology then they made metro in there country.they have money they can easly brought that technology in there country but they waited 17 years they built there won technology and put metro in proud.its a proud to be thing but totaly empty.the problem is with our blood ,we cant, we will never be proud.i am an engineer working in this project with no technical work.i cant do anything i just can write blog.we are middle of nothing just nothing .sory if some one get hurt fromj this.

  9. manish says:

    its worst try some new