PM Modi unveils multifaceted metro connectivity projects in India

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for multiple metro connectivity projects worth Rs 15,400 crores from Kolkata, West Bengal. After the inauguration he took a Metro ride on the Esplanade – Howrah Maidan metro route, India’s first underwater Metro in Kolkata.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for multiple connectivity projects worth Rs 15,400 crores in Kolkata. The development projects catering to the urban mobility sector include Metro Rail and Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).

The Prime Minister took an overview of all metro projects and took a metro ride on the Esplanade – Howrah Maidan metro route, India’s first Underwater Metro in Kolkata. He also interacted with Shramiks and school children on his metro journey.

Image Credit (representational):  Kolkata Metro

PM Stated:

“The metro journey was made memorable thanks to the company of these youngsters and those who worked on this project. We also travelled through the tunnel under the Hooghly river. It’s a very special day for the people of Kolkata as the city’s metro network gets significantly enhanced. Connectivity will get a boost and traffic will get decongested. It’s a proud moment that the Howrah Maidan-Esplanade Metro section has the first underwater metro transportation tunnel under any major river in our country. Memorable moments from the Kolkata Metro. I bow to the Jan Shakti and will keep serving them with renewed vigour.”

Image Credit: Pune Metro

Brief about Other Projects:

  • He also laid the foundation stone for extending Pune Metro Rail project Phase-1 between Pimpri Chinchwad Metro-Nigdi.
  • Kochi Metro Rail Phase-1 Extension project (Phase IB) from SN Junction Metro station to Tripunithura Metro station.

Image Credit: Kochi Metro

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Benefits from Projects:

  • These sections will help decongest road traffic and provide seamless, easy and comfortable connectivity.
  • The Howrah Maidan – Esplanade Metro section of Kolkata Metro has India’s first underwater transportation tunnel.
  • Howrah Metro Station is the deepest metro station in India. Also, the Majerhat Metro Station, on the Taratala – Majerhat Metro section inaugurated, is a unique elevated Metro station across railway lines, platforms and canal.
  • Agra Metro’s section inaugurated today will enhance connectivity to historical tourist places. The RRTS section will boost economic activity in NCR.


The inauguration of Kolkata’s metro and other projects signifies a major step forward in urban development, promising improved connectivity and mobility. With innovative features like underwater tunnels and elevated stations, these initiatives reflect India’s commitment to modernization and sustainable growth under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

Source: PIB- Press Release | Featured Image Credit: Kochi Metro & Other metro projects

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