Metro Railway takes all possible measures and care for ensuring commuters safety. Shri P. Uday Kumar Reddy, General Manager, Metro Railway regularly monitors and reviews safety measurements adopted in the ‘Lifeline of the City’ to avoid any untoward incident.
- In order to check the preparedness of Metro staff of different departments to tackle any emergency inside the tunnels or on the viaduct, regular mock drills are conducted on Blue Line and Green Line.
- One such mock drill cum training for field staff of Metro Railway was conducted under the supervision of Senior Officers on 28.06.2023 at Central Park Depot of East-West Metro.
- In this drill, Metro staff were imparted training about how to re rail coaches in case of a derailment and restore normalcy at the earliest.
- Senior Officers and staff from Traffic, Electrical, Signal and Telecommunications, RPF and Fire & Safety Departments participated in this mock drill.
- It is expected that such drill will sharpen the skill and alertness of Metro staff to respond to any emergency situation and minimise the rescue time and restore normalcy at the earliest.
About Kolkata Metro:
- Metro Railway, Kolkata is the first underground metro in India. It extends from Dakshineswar to Kavi Subhash Metro station near Garia, on the busy North-South axis of Kolkata over a length of 31.365 Kms. with 26 Stations & 15.70 Kms. of underground section.
- Based on traffic studies, the Dum Dum – Tollygunge corridor was first selected for implementation and work started on 29th December, 1972. The first metro line in India was accomplished on 24th October 1984, a stretch of about 3.4 km between Esplanade and Bhowanipur (Netaji Bhavan), thrown open for the Public.
- The Metro Railway, Kolkata was constructed progressively from 1972 to 2021. In Phase-I, a length of 16.45 Kms from Dum Dum to Tollygunge (Mahanayak Uttam Kumar) accomplished in 1995 and in Phase-II a length of 5.834 Kms from Mahanayak Uttam Kumar to Kavi Nazrul Metro station is accomplished in August, 2009.
- In October 2010, Metro services further extended up to Kavi Subhash, a length of 2.851 Kms. It further extended Dum Dum to Noapara, a length of 2.091 Kms, on 10th July 2013. The last leg was opened on 23rd February 2021 for commercial operation from Noapara to Dakshineswar (4.139 Kms).
- It extended in the East-West axis from Salt Lake Sector-V to Salt Lake Stadium, covering a length of 5.3 kms with 6 stations on 13th February 2020 and further extended from Salt Lake Stadium to Phoolbagan on 4th October 2020 (1.67 kms). It is further extended from Phoolbagan to Sealdah (2.33 kms) on 11th July 2022.
Source: Kolkata Metro- Press Release | Images Credit: Kolkata Metro