Salt Lake To Get Second E-W Rake Tonight

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Kolkata: There is a good news for the East-West Metro corridor in Kolkata. The second rake for the E-W Metro corridor in Kolkata will be arriving in the city by Tuesday night.

Metro Railway is gearing up for the challenge of running, operating and supervising trains along the E-W Metro corridor after all trials and formalities are over.

The first rake entered Kolkata on April 19 and reached the depot at Salt Lake a day later. Essential software and equipment are now being incorporated into it. It shall be ready for trials soon.

The train has six coaches, two less than the ones on the north-south route. The rakes, made of stainless steel, can carry 2,068 people in its six coaches, compared with 3,200 an eight-coach AC rake on the north-south route can ferry.

Each coach has two pairs of CCTV cameras, a public address system and a radio for communication between the driver and passengers. A LED display board flashes the name of the next station and the terminal station. Each coach has eight doors, four on either side, and two roof-mounted AC units.

The nearly 2,000 km journey from Bengaluru to Kolkata for the six trailers carrying the rake was largely uneventful unlike the first one that was detained at Kharagpur and also faced trouble while crossing the Second Vivekananda Setu into the city from National Highway 6, a Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) official said.

The first phase of East-West Metro, between Salt Lake Sector V and the stadium, is expected to be operational by October.

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