India’s first underwater Metro train

Prime Minister of India inaugurated Kolkata Metro’s Esplanade-Howrah Maidan section, which passes below the mighty Hooghly river through the country’s first underwater transportation tunnel.

The 4.8-km Esplanade-Howrah Maidan stretch, which is a part of the East-West Corridor, has been built at a cost of ₹4,965 crore, officials said.

The ₹1,430-crore Kavi Subhash-Hemanta Mukhopadhyay section of the New Garia-Airport line was also inaugurated from the function at the Esplanade Metro station.

The stretch, which is 5.4 km long, will bring the areas in the south-eastern parts of Kolkata on the Metro map, officials said.