Dakshineswar to Kavi Subhas Metro stations will take 62 minutes to cover the 32km distance. Currently, 59 minutes needed to cover the 28km Noapara-Kavi Subhas stretch of the existing north-south corridor. So, the calculated time for travelling the 4.1km extension from Noapara to Dakshineswar is only 3 minutes. Metro ride from Kavi Subhas to Dakshineswar inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Some salient points to mention are-
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1. The project cost Rs 464-crore.
2. The average speed is around 50kmph from Kavi Subhas to Noapara. But the train will zip faster between Noapara and Dakshineswar.
3. The railways’ statement said that around 50,000 commuters coming from Howrah, Hooghly and North 24 Parganas will be benefitted when the Dakshineswar stretch is added to the north-south Metro.
4. Many suburban train travellers of Eastern Railway (ER) will be able to avail of Metro services by crossing the Bally Bridge.
5. Kolkata Metro Railway is all set to run 79 pairs of commercial services between Kavi Subhash and Dakshineswar.
6. According to sources, due to the unavailability of adequate space for such programmes near Dakshineswar Metro Station, the inauguration is to be done virtually by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
7. According to sources, the first train from Dakshineswar is to start at 7 a.m. while the last is to leave the station at around 9.18 p.m. The services from Dakshineswar are to be run at an interval of six minutes. While after 7.24 p.m. all the trains from Kavi Subhash are to be operated till Dakshineswar.
8. For travelling between Dakshineswar and Barangar commuters will have to spend rupees five on fare. The fare from Dakshineswar to Noapara is supposed to be rupees 10.
9. Apart from regular passengers, devotees intending to visit Dakshineswar Kali temple will also be facilitated with a fast and pollution-free travel mode following the extension of the Metro Railway in its north-south axis.