Union Minister of Railways & Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal inaugurated the Phoolbagan Metro station of Kolkata’s East-West Metro on Sunday. Goyal also flagged off the first train from the newly inaugurated station through video link.
In his address, congratulating everyone involved in the construction of Phoolbagan station amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Goyal said that this extension of services from Salt Lake Stadium to Phoolbagan – a stretch of 1.665 km – will greatly facilitate commuters because of its proximity to Sealdah station. Terming it as a gift for Durga Puja, he also said that the metro rail provided the safest, cleanest and fastest transportation system in Kolkata.
He has further reassured that if the land is made available and encroachments are removed then funds won’t be a constraint for implementing any railway project.
Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change congratulated Goyal for taking the initiative to commission the station. He expressed hope that people would now be able to commute to and from Sealdah station easily due to this extension of the East-West Metro.
Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri, Minister of State for Women and Child Development was also present in this programme and expressed her delight at the commissioning.
Manoj Joshi, General Manager, Metro Railway, in his inaugural address spoke about how the opening of this station would facilitate metro commuters to go to the IT Hub in Salt Lake Sector-V, International Bus Terminal and Mela Ground in Karunamoyee, important government offices at Central Park and the famous Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium).
The total length of this project is 16.5 km and the total estimated project cost is Rs 85.74 billion. On completion, it will connect Howrah on the western bank of the River Hooghly with Salt Lake City on its eastern bank.
The first phase of the East-West Metro from Salt Lake Stadium to Salt Lake Sector V was inaugurated by Goyal in February this year.
Commercial services to and from Phoolbagan station will start from Monday. Daily 48 services will run from 0800 hrs to 1950 hrs from Salt Lake Sector-V to Phoolbagan at 30 minutes intervals. The last service will start from Salt Lake Sector-V and Phoolbagan stations at 1930 hrs. There will be no metro rail services on Sunday.