Kolkata: Kolkata Metro Railway, the oldest underground rail network in the country, which carries over half-a-million passengers daily, on Thursday authority passes the issue that metro will construct toilets for passengers at stations, three decades after the service started.
Kolkata metro authority proposed six metro stations for toilet services. The staions included Noapara, Rabindra Sadan, Khudiram, Belgachia, Sovabazar and Maida. The authority also said that this will help thousands passengers and it marks a history in Metro service.
Earlier this year, the National Human Rights Commission directed the Railway Board to provide relief to passengers as soon as possible. It was acting on a complaint from Ranajit Sur, vice-president of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights.
Officials of Kolkata Metro Railway have approached the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to build toilets at the Mahatma Gandhi Road, Esplanade and Maidan Metro stations. However, they will not be built inside the tunnel, but at the entrance of the stations, officials said.
The city’s sewerage line is higher than the rail tunnel, so it was not possible to build toilets in the tunnel, officials said, explaining the absence of the facility. But Mr. Sur refused to buy the argument, pointing out that there are toilets for the staff inside the tunnel.