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Image: Babul Supriyo taking a selfie insider the under-river tunnel of East-West Metro Corridor on Monday. 

Kolkata: THE authorities have at last announced a firm date for the opening of the East-West Metro Corridor that has missed several deadlines.

Babul Supriyo, the Union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises, today announced that the first phase of the East-West Metro Corridor will be thrown open to passengers on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, 2 October.

The first phase covers a 5.2 km distance from Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium, which stands next to the EM Bypass. The stretch has six stations Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park, City Centre, Bengal Chemical, and Stadium.

“Thereafter, in another 3-4 months, the service will extend to Phoolbagan Metro station (off Sealdah),” the minister said.

Supriyo made the announcement after an undertaking a visit to the under-river tunnel of the East-West Metro Corridor from Howrah Maidan end. A portion of this Metro Corridor, which is to connect Salt Lake to Howrah, will pass under the river Hooghly.

The first coach for East-West Metro Corridor had arrived in Kolkata in January this year. All the coaches that have arrived so far have been parked at the Metro car-shed near Central Park in Salt Lake. [READ: Countdown begins for East-West Metro run as first coach arrives in Kolkata]