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New L-shaped metro to connect Howrah railway station with east-west metro

Calcutta Metro Station: Commuters traveling via Howrah Railway Station and the adjacent Metro Station will soon experience extreme convenience. Officials have announced that a newly built L-shaped subway will open in June, connecting the East-West Metro Station with Asia’s busiest railway station.

Once operational, commuters will no longer have to leave the metro station premises to reach Howrah Railway Station. Instead, they can easily walk through the hall of the metro station, which gives them direct access to the train station so that they can catch trains from the eastern and southeastern zones.

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Kolkata L-shaped metro designed with a floor area of ​​52,000 sq. m

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), responsible for implementing the 16.6 km East-West Metro project connecting Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, collaborated with Afcons, the contractors for the 3.8 km Howrah Maidan-Esplanade section, to plan the metro. To address the high footfall in the area, the metro was designed to connect Howrah Metro Station, India’s deepest metro station, with a floor area of ​​52,000 sq ft, to one of Asia’s busiest railway stations, said The Times Of report India.

Kolkata: Metro will connect rail platform 15, 16

Located 9 meters above ground level, the metro was built to accommodate pedestrian flow, with a length of approximately 100 meters and varying widths from 8 to 13 meters, with a total floor area of ​​915 m². Metro access directs commuters to platforms 15 and 16 of the train station.

Kolkata: Metro Features

A KMRC official described the metro as an essential part of the Howrah metro station, which has the distinction of being India’s deepest metro station at 33 meters deep. The metro has two escalators, a staircase and will eventually have a covered cover to match the aesthetics of the Howrah metro station. Further amenities include CCTV and public address system, ensuring a seamless travel experience.

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Kolkata: Metro built using top-down method

The metro is being built using the top-down construction method, adjacent to platform 15 of Howrah station, between the DRM building and the metro station. The project poses technical challenges due to the number of visitors at the train station and the newly constructed metro station. Collaboration and meticulous planning were essential between KMRC, the Eastern and South-Eastern Railway Authorities, and Afcons, the construction contractors.