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Commercial services of country's first underwater Metro Train commences
3/15/2024 10:18:02 PM
Agencies
NEW DELHI, Mar 15: Commercial services of the country's first underwater metro train commenced in Kolkata on Friday with hundreds of passengers erupting into jubilation on their first ride.
A train began its journey from the Howrah Maidan station on the East-West metro corridor of Kolkata at 7 am with loud cheers and claps from commuters, while another started from Esplanade station at the same time. Hundreds of commuters thronged the stations in the early morning to be part of the "first-day first underwater metro" bandwagon.
At Howrah Maidan station, passengers were seen standing in a long queue in the morning to get a ticket, while the authorities greeted them with rose stems at Esplanade station. There was excitement among the passengers while a section of commuters at the Howrah Maidan station started chanting 'Jai Sri Ram' slogan as they boarded the train.
The commercial services began after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 6 inaugurated the Howrah Maidan-Esplanade section of Kolkata Metro's East-West corridor, heralding India's first venture into underwater metro services.
As the train entered the under-river stretch, passengers on board erupted in joy while a section of commuters started raising slogans - "this is Modi ki guarantee" and some enthusiastically rushed to the window to get a glimpse of the illumination of the tunnel wall under the Hooghly river.
A special illumination of the inner wall of the tunnels under the river with blue light has been arranged to give the effects of water around the moving rake. The under-river section of the tunnel is 520 metres long, and a train took around 45 seconds to cross it.
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