India's First Underwater Metro Inaugurated By PM Modi in Kolkata

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's first-ever underwater metro tunnel in Kolkata on March 6, 2024. PM Modi embarked on the underwater metro train with school students.

Hon'ble Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled several metro projects on Wednesday (March 6). One of the main highlights was that PM Modi unveiled India's first-ever underwater metro chain in Kolkata, West Bengal.

During this journey, a few school students were seated with him. In which, Prime Minister Modi interacted with them, and the students were also very excited to meet and travel with PM Modi in the underwater metro.

The Kolkata metro extension consists of the Howrah Maidan to Esplanade metro section and is India's first-ever transportation tunnel under one of the country's significant river beds.

The underwater metro was built under the river Hooghly, which is part of Kolkata metro's East-West corridor that connects Howrah Maidan to Esplanade. This East-West corridor extends over a distance of 16.6 kilometers.

According to the General Manager of Kolkata Railways, Uday Kumar Reddy, the metro section is expected to be a main source of travel for around 7 lakh passengers, and they will be travelling 16 meters below the level of the river bed.

Being the deepest metro station in India, the East-West underwater metro section at Howrah, Kolkata, is also said to be the largest metro station.