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Image: Ashwani Lohani (encircled) during the inspection of under-river Metro tunnel at Howrah-end. 

Kolkata: RAILWAY Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has expressed satisfaction on the quality of the under-river tunnels constructed from Howrah to Strand Road in Kolkata for the East-West Metro Corridor.

Lohani is on an official tour of Kolkata. Accompanied by Ajay Vijayvargiya, chairman of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRCL), and other senior officials, Lohani today travelled the entire stretch of the under-river tunnel in a Metro railway inspection coach.

He went up to a spot, which is about 200 metres ahead of the under-construction Mahakaran (BBD Bag) Metro station from Howrah-end, and inspected the emergency evacuation cum ventilation shaft site being constructed below Strand Road.

Chairman Railway Board (encircled) travelling in an inspection coach through the under-river Metro tunnel from Howrah.
Chairman Railway Board (encircled) travelling in an inspection coach through the under-river Metro tunnel from Howrah.

The Railway Board chairman found the under-river tunnel completely dry and thus expressed satisfaction with the quality and safety aspects of the construction.

KMRCL, which is implementing the East-West Metro Corridor project, had completed the under-river tunnel boring work last year. Work is now in progress for allied technical facilities. [33-yrs since India’s first Metro rail, work begins in Kolkata for first under-river Metro tunnel]

East-West Metro Corridor will connect Howrah Maidan to Salt Lake Sector-V in Kolkata. Metro trains are unlikely to run along the under-river stretch before 2020.

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