Metro GM PC Sharma (2nd left) addressing the Press.
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Kolkata: Since the last few years, revellers have been betraying the trend of embarking on pandal-hopping in Kolkata much before the ritualistic start of the Durga Puja.

To catch up with them, Metro Railway this time has decided to run additional trains from three days ahead of the start of the grand annual festival.

This apart, to ensure hassle-free journey during the festive days, it has decided to deploy technical staff on every train and stations. This is to facilitate on the spot repair, should there be a snag in a train.

Metro Railway general manager, PC Sharma, today announced that beginning with Chaturthi (13 October) there will be additional Metro trains keeping in mind the pandal hoppers.

That’s not all: although the trains will start playing about an hour late in the morning from 13-15 October, the services will be available for an extra 1.10 hour in the night.

To be specific, from 13-15 October, Metro trains will start plying from 8 in the morning and the last train will depart the terminal stations at 11.10 in the night. In the regular course, the trains on weekdays start plying at 6.45 am and the last train departs at 9.55 pm.

On 13 October, Saturday, there will be 284 trains, instead of 224. On 14 October, Sunday, the number of trains will be 250, instead of 110. On 15 October, Monday, the number of trains will be 300, the same as on a regular weekday.

As regards Saptami-Navami (16-18 October), the trains will start plying at 1.40 in the afternoon and the last train will originate at 4 am the next day. There will be 224 trains on each of the three days.

On Dashami, 19 October, the service will start at 1.40 pm but the last train will depart early at 10 in the night. There will be 118 trains on that day.

Apart from deployment of technical staff in train and at stations, Sharma said that round-the-clock maintenance of rakes will be ensured at Noapara car-shed.

The authorities will set up May I Help You booths at every station to assist and guide the commuters.