Metro Railway has seen unprecedented growth in infrastructure development and network capacity expansion in 2021

In the year 2021, Calcutta Metro has experienced unprecedented growth in infrastructure development and expansion of its network capacity. Despite the challenges of Covid, Kolkata Metro continued to lay the foundation for future development and the next level of travel experience for commuters.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the extended section of the north-south metro from Noapara to Dakshineswar (length 4.1 km) on 22.02.2021 and marked the first metro on this section. In his speech, the Prime Minister said: “This extension would not only help the people of Kolkata, but also of Hooghly, Howrah and North 24 Paraganas to benefit from metro services”.

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Without locking (NI) work on the Noapara car shed was successfully completed during the year. This NI work involved modifying the electronic locking system at Noapara which is linked to all routes, points, signals and sections of track in the car shed. This modification significantly improved the operational flexibilities of rake movement to and from Noapara and thus increased the performance parameters of Metro Railway train traffic.

The first test run from Phoolbagan to Sealdah of the east-west metro was successfully completed this year. The Sealdah station in this corridor should be commissioned very soon.

A 1.24 MWp rooftop Solar power plant was dedicated to the service of the Nation on 08/27/2021. This power plant was installed on the roofs of the two main buildings of the Central Park Depot of the east-west metro and is scattered over a roof area of ​​19,173 square meters. As a result, Metro Railway will be able to save Rs. 45 lakhs (approximately) per year.

Two elevators at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar metro station were dedicated to the service of the Nation on 02.10.2021 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Both of these elevators have met the long-standing demand of subway commuters and provided additional amenities for passengers at this station.

An exhibition on wheels, the first of its kind in a metro in the country, was held inside a non-AC metro rake (Rake no-N 12/14, the last non-AC rake of the Kolkata metro) on 24.10.2021, Underground railway 37e Foundation day at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar station. In this exhibition, the glorious past of the Kolkata metro, the country’s first metro, the current scenario and its future plans were presented through colorful posters. After the show, Metro Railway said goodbye to its fleet of non-AC rakes. Kolkata metro non-AC rakes have become a thing of the past. Metro Railway now provides full air conditioning services to commuters.

The tokens were reintroduced to Metro Railway on 11.25.2021 for the benefit of commuters. The tokens were last issued on 23.03.2020. In order to disinfect these tokens, 40 token disinfection machines have been installed in all North-South and East-West metro stations. These machines using Ultra-Violet rays disinfect the tokens used for 4 minutes.

A Pressure swing adsorption (PSA) The Oxygen Generation Plant was inaugurated by Shri Manoj Joshi, General Manager on 12/01/2021 at Tapan Sinha Memorial Hospital. This plant has the capacity to produce 250 liters of oxygen per minute for the benefit of patients. It will also help reduce the expense of purchasing bulk oxygen cylinders by at least 70%.

As part of the celebration Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the QR code-based ticketing system was introduced in the east-west metro from 04.12.2021, meeting the long-standing demand of metro commuters. With the introduction of this third alternative system, metro tickets are now available at the fingertips of commuters. Metro Railway is also now working to expand this facility to the North-South Corridor in a few months after providing QR code scanners and upgrading the hardware of existing AFC gates at stations in the North-South Corridor.

Underground Railroad Tapan Sinha Memorial Hospital has been treating patients with Covid since last year. A separate 75-bed Covid ward has been opened here for the treatment of Covid patients. Until 12/30/2021, 604 Covid patients have been treated in this room which is equipped with all modern facilities for treatment. The Covid vaccination campaign started at Metro Railway from 02.02.2021. Until 12/30/2021 a total of 21,423 doses of the Covid vaccine (1st & 2sd dose) were sent to healthcare workers, metro staff, railway beneficiaries, contract staff and the general public.

Metro Railway offered 7 metro stations for station trademark rights to companies including private universities, banks, health care institutions, insurance companies, etc. 5 North-South metro stations, namely Dumdum, Noapara, Belgachia, Esplanade and Park Street and 2 East-West metro stations, namely Bengal Chemical & Sealdah (which will be operational very soon) have been proposed for the rights to station brand in this tender. Metro earned Rs 3.65 crore in the first year by offering the trademark rights to these stations. Metro smart cards have also been branded by two private companies. For this Metro has so far earned Rs 20.65 lakes. So far, 11 metro stations have been co-branded.

The branding of the AFC-PC doors in the north-south corridor was also successfully achieved for a period of 2 years. A total of Rs 73.50 lakes was earned by offering the trademark rights to 350 station doors.

Apart from that, 52 Card Balance Check Terminals (CBCT) of all 26 North-South metro stations were also marked, which helped Metro Railway earn Rs 12.48 lakes.

In accordance with the agreement with a private company, rental power bank towers were installed at 24 metro stations from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. Metro was able to earn Rs 12 lakes for 1 year.


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The Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated on 22.02.2021 the extended section of the North-South metro from Noapara to Dakshineswar (length of 4.1 km) and signaled the first metro on this section.


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