Kolkata East West Metro Line 2 Inaugurated

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Kolkata East-West Metro Line 2 for which system and rolling stocks are funded by the Japan -International Cooperation Agency (JICA), consists of 5.7 km stretch connecting Sector V with Salt Lake Stadium was inaugurated. This new train will have six coaches and would run at a maximum speed of 80 km/hr, double the speed limit of 40 km/hr of the existing North-South Metro. The flagging-off ceremony of the stretch was done by Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Commerce, Government of India, Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI and Masayuki Taga, Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata. There were other key dignitaries present at the ceremony from Government of India and JICA India office. The north-south line, which was India’s first rapid transit system and Kolkata’s Line 1 was supported by JICA, flagged off in 1984. The cumulative loan amount provided by JICA for the Kolkata Metro amounts to 55,742 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 3,600 Crore). JICA Metro projects in India (including Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad Metro) exceed 1.2 trillion Japanese Yen (approximately INR 77,500 Crore). Since 1983, JICA has extended ODA loans amounting to 296,376 million Japanese Yen (approximately INR 19,100 Crore) for projects in West Bengal across various sectors. Speaking on the occasion, Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said that they recognise the need for well-developed transport infrastructure and are pleased to finance the metro system in Kolkata. The metro is well planned as a part of the integrated urban transportation of the city and the alignment covering the core districts of economic and cultural activities as well as interconnected with other transportation mode JICA's cooperation will lead to the modal shift from road traffic to public transport system and will eventually lead to balanced regional development and improvement of environmental conditions.

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Report : Anustup Kundu

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