Photos: Kolkata East West Metro inaugurated, commercial services from today

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off the first phase of the East-West corridor of the Kolkata Metro, giving the city its second metro line on Thursday, 36 years after the country's first underground connectivity system came into being in the city. The inaugural train zoomed off from Sector V station to traverse a 4.88-km distance to the Stadium, The entire 16.5-km stretch of the corridor - till Howrah Maidan - is likely to be completed in two years. Commercial services, connecting six overground stations - Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations - will commence on Friday.

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The East-West Metro between Salt lake Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium on its inaugural run, in Kolkata. Kolkata got its second metro line on Thursday, 36 years after the country’s first underground connectivity system came into being in the city. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

The East-West Metro between Salt lake Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium on its inaugural run, in Kolkata. Kolkata got its second metro line on Thursday, 36 years after the country’s first underground connectivity system came into being in the city. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged with Minister of State for Forests, Environment and Climate, Babul Supriyo off the first phase of the East-West corridor of the mass rapid transport network but the TMC gave the event a miss protesting against the absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s name from the invitation card for the programme. (Swapan Mahapatra / PTI)

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged with Minister of State for Forests, Environment and Climate, Babul Supriyo off the first phase of the East-West corridor of the mass rapid transport network but the TMC gave the event a miss protesting against the absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s name from the invitation card for the programme. (Swapan Mahapatra / PTI)

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Train tracks seen at Sector V station. The first phase of the East-West Metro corridor connecting the Sector V of Salt Lake, the IT hub of the city, with the Salt Lake Stadium in the area. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Train tracks seen at Sector V station. The first phase of the East-West Metro corridor connecting the Sector V of Salt Lake, the IT hub of the city, with the Salt Lake Stadium in the area. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Giant convex mirror reflect stationed trains. The inaugural train zoomed off from Sector V station to traverse a 4.88-km distance to the Stadium, as Goyal said that the entire 16.5km stretch of the corridor—till Howrah Maidan—is likely to be completed in two years, according to news agency PTI. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Giant convex mirror reflect stationed trains. The inaugural train zoomed off from Sector V station to traverse a 4.88-km distance to the Stadium, as Goyal said that the entire 16.5km stretch of the corridor—till Howrah Maidan—is likely to be completed in two years, according to news agency PTI. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Train platforms at Sector V station. “The entire stretch of the East-West Metro corridor from Sector V to Howrah Maidan is likely to be completed in two years, provided bottlenecks affecting it are cleared through local support,” Goyal said in his speech. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Train platforms at Sector V station. “The entire stretch of the East-West Metro corridor from Sector V to Howrah Maidan is likely to be completed in two years, provided bottlenecks affecting it are cleared through local support,” Goyal said in his speech. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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A trains rolls in with the ubiquitous signs warning commuters to ‘mind the gap’ while boarding. Commercial services, connecting six overground stations—Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations—will commence on Friday. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A trains rolls in with the ubiquitous signs warning commuters to ‘mind the gap’ while boarding. Commercial services, connecting six overground stations—Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations—will commence on Friday. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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A view inside a six-coach train that will ply on the East-West corridor. The TMC leadership boycotted the inauguration programme. Senior TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, state Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose and Bidhanagar Municipal Corporation Chairperson Krishna Chakraborty were invited to the event but stayed away from it. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A view inside a six-coach train that will ply on the East-West corridor. The TMC leadership boycotted the inauguration programme. Senior TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, state Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose and Bidhanagar Municipal Corporation Chairperson Krishna Chakraborty were invited to the event but stayed away from it. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Driver Dipak Kumar helms the control panel of a train during a trial run. The Metro project, scheduled to be completed by June 2021, had faced an unprecedented jolt last year, when a tunnel-boring machine hit an aquifer in Bowbazar area of the city, causing severe ground subsidence and damage to several buildings. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Driver Dipak Kumar helms the control panel of a train during a trial run. The Metro project, scheduled to be completed by June 2021, had faced an unprecedented jolt last year, when a tunnel-boring machine hit an aquifer in Bowbazar area of the city, causing severe ground subsidence and damage to several buildings. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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The station control room at Sector V. Goyal said that the first underground station of the Metro corridor—Phoolbagan— would be ready within three to four months and services will be extended by October. “Other Metro railway projects in the city are also getting affected owing to land issues. They need more cooperation of the state government,” PTI quoted Goyal. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

The station control room at Sector V. Goyal said that the first underground station of the Metro corridor—Phoolbagan— would be ready within three to four months and services will be extended by October. “Other Metro railway projects in the city are also getting affected owing to land issues. They need more cooperation of the state government,” PTI quoted Goyal. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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A view of metro trains set for their inaugural on Thursday. The five ongoing Metro railway projects in the city have been allotted a budgetary grant of Rs1,542 crore for fiscal 2020-21. The East-West Metro corridor has received a grant of Rs905 crore—the highest among the five projects currently underway in Kolkata. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A view of metro trains set for their inaugural on Thursday. The five ongoing Metro railway projects in the city have been allotted a budgetary grant of Rs1,542 crore for fiscal 2020-21. The East-West Metro corridor has received a grant of Rs905 crore—the highest among the five projects currently underway in Kolkata. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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An mural that will greet commuters on their journeys through Sector V station. The New Garia-NSCBI Airport link, slated to be completed by June 2021, has been allotted Rs328 crore, while the Noapara-Barasat line has received a grant of Rs200 crore. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

An mural that will greet commuters on their journeys through Sector V station. The New Garia-NSCBI Airport link, slated to be completed by June 2021, has been allotted Rs328 crore, while the Noapara-Barasat line has received a grant of Rs200 crore. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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An overview of the Central Park depot of the East-West Metro. Another 16.6km Joka-BBD Bag route, connecting the south-eastern suburbs of Behala with the heart of the city, has been granted Rs99 crore, and the Barrackpore-Baranagar and Dakshineswar stretch, covering a distance of 14.5km, allotted Rs10 crore. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

An overview of the Central Park depot of the East-West Metro. Another 16.6km Joka-BBD Bag route, connecting the south-eastern suburbs of Behala with the heart of the city, has been granted Rs99 crore, and the Barrackpore-Baranagar and Dakshineswar stretch, covering a distance of 14.5km, allotted Rs10 crore. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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