KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): Smt. Jaya Varma Sinha, CRB & CEO of Railway Board, inspected Howrah Maidan to the Esplanade stretch of the East-West Metro on 28 November 2023.
Inspection of Howrah Maidan Metro station
From Howrah Maidan station, CRB travelled up to Esplanade station in a Metro under the river Hooghly in the morning. At Howrah Maidan Station, Shri P. Uday Kumar Reddy, General Manager, Metro Railway, welcomed her warmly. Shri Reddy showed her the 3-D model and schematic diagram of the East-West Metro Project and apprised her of the work’s progress. She later inspected the Tunnel Ventilation System and different passenger amenities that will be provided at this station, as well as lifts, escalators and AFC-PC gates.
CRB & CEO, Railway Board also inspected different passenger safety measures taken at this station, fire alarm system, etc. She also instructed all to ensure all passenger safety measures before commissioning this stretch.
Inspection of Howrah Metro Station
From Howrah Maidan, she travelled in the Motorman’s cabin of a Metro and reached Howrah station. She inspected the Passenger interchange points of the Metro Railway with the Eastern and South Eastern Railway. She instructed all concerned officials to make necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth interchange of passengers amongst the three railways.
Here, she also checked all escalators, lifts, and station cooling systems, which will give passengers a smooth travelling experience. Then, she travelled under the river Hooghly through the tunnel, the first of its kind in India.
Inspection at Esplanade Metro Station
She concluded her inspection at Esplanade, where she inspected passenger amenities, safety and security measures that will be adopted here, and passenger interchanging arrangements between Blue Line and Green Line.
She held a detailed discussion about this project with GM and other senior officials of Metro and Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (KMRCL).
After the inspection, Smt. Jaya Varma Sinha expressed her happiness seeing the progress of this stretch. She instructed all concerned officials to complete all pending works so that this stretch could be commissioned as soon as possible.
Shri P Uday Kumar Reddy, General Manager, Metro Railway and other senior Metro officers and senior officials of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) accompanied CRB and the CEO of the Railway Board during this inspection.
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