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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:01 PM   #81
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All Kolkata's Metro coaches manufactured locally

Kolkata Metro deploys train coaches that are manufactured locally, at one of its own industrial suburbs called Kanchrapara that's only 39 km north of the Metro terminal of Dum Dum.

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Kanchrapara, March 21: New Metro Railway coaches will roll out of a railway factory near Calcutta.

Railway minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that Metro bogies would be built along with other coaches at the upcoming rail coach factory in Kanchrapara — only 39km from the Metro terminal at Dum Dum.

“Along with electric multiple unit (EMU) and mainline electric multiple unit (MEMU) trains, coaches of the Metro Railway will also be built here,” said Mamata while laying the foundation stone of the factory in this North 24-Parganas town.

Now, Metro coaches — including the much-awaited air-conditioned ones — are being built at the Integral Coach Factory in Tamil Nadu’s Perambur. Metro now has 18 rakes, most of them past their operational lives. This often leads to technical snags and disruption of services.

According to officials, manufacturing Metro coaches at Kanchrapara will be hugely beneficial. “The factory being so close by, communication with the manufacturing unit will be much easier. Discussions can be held on a day-to-day basis and we can suggest any changes in line with passenger demands,” a Metro official said. The time taken now to transport the coaches from Perambur will also be cut manifold, he added.
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A worker welds iron rods at a Metro railway construction site in Kolkata April 26, 2010.
The elevated Kudghat Metro Station (photos taken May 2010):

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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #83
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Line 6 well U/C; photos taken on May 2010:

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The elevated section looks great and they already started putting the tracks..







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Near Bidhan Nagar college - Even though IR has not handed over land for constructing the underground stations at Howrah and Sealdah, work on the elevated stretches is progressing at a brisk pace
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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:26 PM   #84
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A very short video of a Metro train arriving at one of the elevated Metro stations; taken in June 2010:

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A very small video..

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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #85
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Line 3 DPR submission in July 2010

Line 3 to commence construction soon; DPR submission in July 2010:

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Joka-BBD Bag Metro on the anvil
New Route To Have 13 Stations, Detailed Project Report To Be Submitted By Month-End


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Commuters taking the Diamond Harbour Road while coming to office will have to bear with the traffic pains for some more time. In fact, their suffering might increase. But it’ll all be for a greater gain. The hour-long wait at the Taratalla crossing is likely to ease out once a 16.72-km metro route from Joka to BBD Bag is in place.
The project has been given to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which as engaged consultancy agency RITES, for conducting survey work. RITES will submit a detailed project report (DPR) of the Rs 2619-crore project by July-end.
A total of 13 locations have been identified as tentative stations — Joka, Thakurpukur, Sakherbazar, Behala Chowrasta, Behala Bazar, Taratalla, Majherhat, Mominpur, Kidderpore, Hastings, Park Street, Esplanade and BBD Bag. Metro authorities have also identified a 1.16-km stretch of land near Joka to set up a car shed, like the one in Tollygunge.
The proposed Park Street and Esplanade stations won’t be the same as the ones on the north-south Metro route. The Joka-BBD Bag route will meet the north-south services at the Central station, said a senior Metro official. This is where the upcoming East-West Metro is likely to meet the two routes as well. Passengers can take different routes from this station.
What measures would the Metro authorities take to divert traffic from Diamond Harbour Road when work on the Metro is under way? “We don’t think it would be much of a problem. The Metro services on this stretch will be over the ground and problems will get minimised if the state government gives its nod to utilise the tram tacks. Such constructions are on all over Delhi without major traffic disruption. However, Diamond Harbour Road is an exception. Here, laying of underground pipes by the roadside throws traffic out of gear. We have to work out the problem with the state administration before work starts,” said a senior Metro rail official.
And what about land availability? “Land won’t be a problem because there is a dedicated tramway between Joka and Kidderpore. We are mulling ways to pave the Metro path along the Taratalla bridge. There is a proposal to build the pathway above the bridge. But this is at the planning stage,” said Rabi Mahapatra, chief public relations officer of Metro Railways. The Metro authorities expect the state government to allow it use of the tramway.
Calcutta Tramways Corporation (CTC), however, is waiting for the final route plan before the state government takes a call on the matter. “I have heard about the plan. But the Metro Railways are yet to bring out the final layout of the route. How can the state commit something without the plan?” said P K Mitra, chief engineer, CTC.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #86
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Complete Metro Map and consultant for Salt Lake City Metro system

The six lines and their proposed extensions will encompass many parts of Greater Kolkata's 14.1 million people; when completed, daily ridership is expected to exceed much more than 5 million.

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Kolkata's satellite IT City, called Salt Lake City as it was built by redeveloping large salt marshes in the 1960s and 1970s, will have its own Metro connectivity, and Mott McDonald selected as its detailed design consultant.

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Mott MacDonald is detailed design consultant on Salt Lake City stations, India

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Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited as detailed design consultant for six elevated stations on the planned East-West Corridor of Kolkata Metro. The stations are all in Salt Lake City which currently can only be accessed by road and air despite the town having a thriving IT sector as well as being the home to India’s largest sports stadium.

The new elevated stations will form an integral part of the new Howrah to Salt Lake City metro line and two of the stations are to be signature or landmark in their design. The capital value of the project is 1400 million INR equivalent to around £14.7million.

Gaurav Srivastava, Mott MacDonald’s project director said, “We are delighted that Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited has selected us for this prestigious project. Mott MacDonald is involved in metro projects around the world including the development of Delhi Metro and it is fantastic news that we will be creating designs for landmark stations for the thriving Salt Lake City region.”

He commented, “Salt Lake City is a man-made town built on filled salt water swamps in 1962. Due to the terrain, all stations will be elevated and are due for completion in 2013.”

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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #87
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All of Kolkata Metro getting air-conditioned: August 2010

The air-conditioned coaches getting ready to commence operation as of August 2010:

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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #88
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Dum Dum Metro Depot: airconditioned rakes- August 2010

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old metro rakes start getting stripped down
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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:59 PM   #89
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Line 6 - Airport Metro U/C (August 2010)

Line 6 (New Garia to International Airport) shown U/C; photo taken August 2010:

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EW construction along EM bypass

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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:06 AM   #90
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Kolkata Metro makes its stations more friendly for the visually challenged: August 2010

The heart of the city’s public transport system finally opens its eyes to the needs of the visually challenged; changes start getting implemented in August 2010:
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The heart of the city’s public transport system has finally opened its eyes to the needs of the visually challenged.

Bright yellow tactile tiles with protrusions that can be felt with a walking stick or one’s foot are being laid at four Metro stations to guide the visually challenged from the entrance to the ticket counters and then to the platforms.

Four stations on the old route — MG Road, Chandni Chowk, Park Street and Maidan — have been chosen for the first phase of the project.

In a city that has few facilities for the differently abled, the initiative to make commuting more convenient for people with impaired vision is being touted as the first such step in the transport sector.

“Tactile tiles are the best way to help the visually challenged find their way. We are laying such titles from the staircase to the ticket counters and all the way down to the platforms. Hopefully, this will fulfil a long-standing wish of people with impaired vision,” said an official of the civil engineering department.

The tiles are coloured yellow to enable those with partial vision to spot the tactile tracks. “Even the white lines on the edge of the platforms are being replaced with yellow ones, which is now the norm for public transport across the world. Yellow is the easiest colour to spot for people with partial vision,” an official said.

Kanchan Gaba, the secretary of the National Association for Blind, said the initiative had come not a day too soon. “I don’t know how much work has actually been done but tactile tiles would definitely help the visually challenged enter and exit the Metro stations safely without anybody’s help,” she said.

Work is “almost over” at Chandni Chowk while Park Street and Maidan should be ready in a few weeks. “We will start work at the remaining stations soon. All stations along the southern extension already have tactile pathways for the visually challenged,” a senior official said.

Metro Railway also intends replacing the mirror-polished slabs on the staircases and sides of the platforms with flame-finished granite slabs to keep people from slipping and falling while jostling for space during rush hour. “Granite slabs are definitely safer for mass transit stations,” an engineer said.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #91
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Metros interrupted: A Tuesday tale of three cities

On a Tuesday in September 2010, a unique event occurred when the three megacities of London, Paris and Kolkata underwent Metro strikes!

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TUESDAY ON TRACKS

METROS INTERRUPTED A TALE OF THREE CITIES

On a day a snag called strike hit three of the world’s busiest and most populated cities, the Kolkata Metro, in the news of late for delays and technical glitches, stood out as the dependable one. More than 91,000 people took the Kolkata underground to beat the bandh on Tuesday, a statement both of the city’s mood against such disruptions and the Metro still being Kolkata’s best bet. But London and Paris, model megapolises that Kolkata one day aspires to be, were left stranded. While Underground workers in the British capital went on strike and shut out commuters, people cramped into overcrowded tubes in style capital Paris, where a labour unions’ strike against a pension reforms bill threw life out of gear



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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #92
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Line 3 officially launched; Rs. 1.2 billion allocated to Lines 6 and 3: Sep. 2010

September 2010: Kolkata Metro's line 3 project construction is officially launched-
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Metro Rail: Pratibha Patil lays foundation stone of extension of Kolkata Metro

The President Pratibha Devisingh Patil laid the foundation stone of the extension programme of the Metro Rail from Joka to BBD Bagh in Kolkata today.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in a city, a Metro Rail is an effective system of travel, giving the people a convenient, comfortable and an affordable mode of travel. The President said that as the urban population has been increasing, the metro service will substantially reduce the pressure on other modes of transport. The President underlined the need for timely completion of the project and execution of it in a manner that does not disrupt the normal life.

Addressing the gathering, the Union Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee said that the extension of metro railway in Kolkata will be carried out in four phases with an estimated cost of 12 thousand crore rupees. Mr. Mukherjee informed that the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure headed by the Prime Minister has already cleared all these expansion programmes of the Kolkata metro.

Railway Minister, Mamata Bannerjee said that extension of the Metro Rail will bring Kolkata closer to North and South 24 Pargana districts of West Bengal. She said that Railway will not forcefully acquire land for this project.
Rs. 1.2 billion allocated to Lines 6 and 3: Sep. 2010

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12K-cr projects to improve city railway links
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Kolkata: The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure has approved urban connectivity projects for Kolkata worth nearly Rs 12,000 crore, said Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.
While Rs 2,619.02 crore of this will be spent on the 16.72-km Metro network between Joka and BBD Bag, the foundation stone for which was laid by President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday, the remaining will be utilised for Metro connections between New Garia and Dum Dum (via Rajarhat), Noapara and Barasat (via Airport) and on the Dum Dum-Barrackpore-Dakshineswar route.
The Joka-BBD Bag stretch will be elevated from Joka to Majerhat. From Mominpore, it will take the underground route to BBD Bag. Railway minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the plan is to create an interface at Majerhat where the Metro stretch will get connected to the existing Eastern Railway network.
“I have plans to connect the South Eastern Railway network to Majerhat through a bridge across the Hooghly. This bridge will connect Pujali in South 24-Parganas to Uluberia in Howrah,” she said. If this ‘mega’ bridge becomes a reality, Majerhat could well turn out to be the fourth terminal station that the city is in need of. Railway officials believe that Mamata should not have any problem in getting this project (that should cost between Rs 600 and 700 crore) cleared by the Centre.

The 32-km New Garia-Dum Dum (via Rajarhat) stretch will cost Rs 3,952 crore and the 17.88 km from Noapara to Barasat will require Rs 2,581.6 crore. The project cost of the Dum Dum-Barrackpore project is Rs 2,380 crore.

According to Mukherjee, the Metro projects are essential as Kolkata is expanding fast. Once all the projects are completed, the total Metro network in Kolkata (apart from the East-West Corridor) would be over 81 km. He dropped a hint as to why the Centre has cleared urban projects under the railways for Kolkata. In other cities, such projects are being undertaken by the state government with assistance from the urban development ministry.
“Metro Railway is an exception. Indian Railways has maintained and run it quite well. We are thinking of many more projects for the city,” the Union finance minister said.

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E-W Metro U/C in Salt Lake City (Bidhan Nagar)

September 2010 updates:

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EW Metro update - construction of elevated structure in progress between Karunamoyee and Sector V

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Phase III of Line 1 commences operation in October 2010: now the southern suburbs of South 24 Parganas District in the Greater Kolkata urban area are connected by Metro Rail:

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November 2010: various sections of E-W Metro U/C beside city roads-
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EW Metro work

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Wipro Jn Flyover. Also, EW Metro Sec-V work at left..



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The air-conditioned rakes take over: manufactured locally

Nov. 2010: x-posting some pictures of locally manufactured air-conditioned rakes in operation-
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New Rake

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AC Coaches

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In this rake named ICF - 1 everything is working fine and it is running smoothly during passenger services

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Metro Rail and Suburban Rail in the southern suburbs

Transfer station being built as southern suburbs in South 24 Parganas District like New Garia are now served by both Suburban rail and Metro rail; pictures taken by Suncity in November 2010:

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Aerial view of initial stages of construction (the yellow circle) in Haora, Kolkata's twin city, for the E-W Metro (Nov. 2010):
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x-posting December 2010 photo updates of the E-W Metro U/C in Salt Lake City:
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Metro update - near Sector V station
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x-posting December 2010 photo updates of the southern extension-

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The Garia prantik Car shed under construction , the lake looks wonderful too,
far in the background Baghajatin Flyover :-



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Dec. 2010 updates on various Metro stations U/C in Salt Lake City:

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