Kolkata: Kolkata Metro Railway on Friday pressed into service the second rehabilitated rake from its old non-AC fleet, and commissioned the third platform at Noapara station located in the northern fringes of Kolkata.
Besides this, a lift has been thrown open for passengers at the New Garia-bound platform at Dum Dum Metro station.
Railways minister Suresh Prabhu commissioned the three new facilities through remote from Darjeeling. At Noapara station were present Dum Dum Trinamool MP Saugata Roy and Metro Railway general manager MC Chauhan.
Rehabilitated at a cost of a around Rs 3 crore, this is the second old non-AC rake that Metro has pressed into service. Earlier on 09 June 2016, a similar rehabilitated rake had joined the Metro’s operational fleet.
But for the AC facility, the refurbished rake has all other features of an air-conditioned rake. In fact, there is an added feature: a real-time route indication board inside every coach for the passengers to know which station they are approaching.
Metro has plans to rehabilitate and reintroduce another five old non-AC rakes that had joined the Metro some 26 years ago and have been withdrawn in the past few years as they outlived their shelf-life.
On the other hand, the commissioning of the third platform at Noapara station will now allow two trains to enter the station and one train to move out simultaneously. This will help Metro to run more trains to meet peak hour demand.
The lift commissioned at Dum Dum station has a capacity to carry 10 persons at a time and is especially meant for senior citizens and differently abled passengers.
The railways minister also flagged off by remote a new weekly all AC Humsafar Express between Howrah and Yesvantpur (Bangalore), and Wi-Fi facility at Tatanagar station in Jharkhand.
The train will leave Howrah every Tuesday at 12.40 pm and reach Yesvantpur at 09.35 pm the next day. In the return direction, it will start from Yesvantpur at 09.55 am every Thursday and arrive at Howrah at 06.30 pm the next day.