Kolkata Metro registers around 6.5 Lakh passengers ridership on East-West corridor

East-West Metro has won the hearts of book lovers. During the just concluded 46th International Kolkata Book Fair, Kolkata Metro’s Green Line was the most sought after mode of transport in Kolkata.

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  • During this Book Fair passenger count in this Corridor crossed 50,000 marks for the first time and the maximum daily footfalls was recorded as 66,000 an all time high o­n 11.02.2023 (Saturday). From 31.01.2023 to 12.02.2023 East-West Metro carried a total 656208 passengers.

The day-wise breakup of passengers is given below:

  • During the said period Sealdah station of East-West Metro has registered a total 241839 footfalls. Karunamoyee recorded 158798 footfalls. Total passenger count of Salt Lake Sector-V station was 95779.

  • Adequate ticket counters were opened in these stations to cater to the expected rush of book lovers along with additional staff and security personnel. Metro officers and staff worked in tandem to provide smooth, fast and hassle free services.

Shri Arun Arora, General Manager, Metro Railway has congratulated Motormen, RPF personnel, Station Superintendents, Booking Clerks and other staff for working tirelessly during the Boi Mela. Expressing his satisfaction, Shri Arora has said that the concerted efforts of Metro officers and staff have helped to create a new history in the annals of Kolkata Metro.

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 completed 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) completed in 1995 and in Phase-II a length of 5.834 Kms from Mahanayak Uttam Kumar to Kavi Nazrul Metro station is completed 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 alt 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