Metro Railway celebrates 33rd birthday in Kolkata

October 25, 2017, 10:11 AM
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KOLKATA: Urban transportation was revolutionised in India exactly 33 years ago on October 24, 1984, when the first metro service in the country ran between the Esplanade and Bhowanipore (now Netaji Bhavan) stations in Kolkata. From a stretch of 2.59 km then, the city’s metro network has now grown to 27.22 km across 24 stations. On Tuesday, Metro Railway celebrated its 33rd birthday in the city through a variety of programmes.

 “A metro ride was organized for underprivileged children by Anita Chaubey, president of the Metro Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (MRWWO) and its members. The Children travelled from Park Street to Noapara and back. During the ride, the children participated in cultural programmes and other events. Some NGOs were also involved,” Metro CPRO Indrani Banerjee said.
Among those who performed during the day were percussionist Mollar Ghosh, sitarist Sujoy Basu and music director and guitarist Pratik Karmakar. Film actress Pallavi Chatterjee was also present. A cake was also cut during the occasion in the presence of the children. There was great enthusiasm among the children, many of who had never travelled by metro before this.
“A lot is happening towards developing the metro network in Kolkata. The first phase of the E-W corridor between Sector V and Phoolbagan will be commissioned in 2018. By 2020, the length of the metro network in Kolkata will be more than 50 km. We would have liked this to be more but there were several constraints,” another official said.
Source-Times Of India

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