Kolkata Metro’s Orange Line Likely to be Fully Operational by 24th December 

New-Garia to Ruby Stretch of the Kolkata Metro’s Orange Line gearing up for commercial operations.


KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): The Kolkata Metro Orange Line’s New Garia-Ruby stretch trial runs began on December 12. 

Trial Runs 

The trials began at 11:59 AM, with the train traversing over the arterial EM Bypass up to Hemanta Mukhopadhyaya Station and back to Kavi Subhas Terminal Station. The trials ended at 5:05 PM, with the train reaching an 80 km/hr maximum speed. The trials were conducted with an AC Medha rake. 

Trial runs dealt with the checks related to tracks, power supply, docking of rake & power supply. 


Mr. P. Uday Kumar Reddy, Metro Railway’s General Manager, inspected the North-South Metro Corridor stretch from Kavi Subhash to Rabindra Sadan yesterday. During the inspection, Mr Reddy extensively examined both the Blue Line and Orange Line sections, focusing on the facilities at Kavi Subhash station. 

He assessed the arrangements for passenger interchange between the Blue and Orange Lines.

CMRS Inspection 

The trials on the line began on September 24, last year, with receiving the nod from CRS on February 7 this year. 

Orange Line: Kolkata Metro

The Kolkata Metro Line 6, or the Orange Line, is a rapid transit line designed to link New Garia with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, passing through two satellite towns, Salt Lake and New Town. This corridor is crucial as it establishes a vital connection between the city’s southern and eastern sectors and Kolkata Airport. The total length of this route is anticipated to be 29.87 km.

Project Background and Challenges

Initially sanctioned in the 2010–11 budget by Mamata Banerjee led-West Bengal Government, with a  deadline of six years and an estimated cost of Rs 3951.98 Crore. However, the project has encountered several setbacks, including delays and impediments arising from challenges such as land acquisition, objections from various authorities, and encroachments.

Stations Along the Line

The Orange Line aims to reduce travel time between the southern fringes of Kolkata and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. It will feature 23 elevated stations, with one underground station and one at-grade station.

Interchanges on the Line

Passengers will have convenient interchange options along the Orange Line. These include connections with Line 4 at Dum Dum Airport, Line 2 at VIP Road (Haldiram), Salt Lake Sector V, and Line 1 at Kavi Subhash. Additionally, Kavi Subhash will provide a Rail Interchange, facilitating connectivity with the Sealdah South Section.

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