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India's first underwater metro in Kolkata to be operational soon

Esplanade, Mahakaran, Howrah, and Howrah Maidan are the four further underground stations that will be built when the project is finished

Howrah bridge, the most popular symbol of Kolkata in West Bengal state, carries a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

While the metros in India currently run above and under the ground, they will soon also operate underwater, marking a first for the nation.

Representational Image: Twin tunnels Metro line under the river Hoogly. 

By 2023, Kolkata will be the first city in India where metros will operate underwater along with its usual routes on the surface and underground. This futuristic underwater metro will be an Indian version of Eurostar's London-Paris corridor.

The metro will cut down on travel time tremendously for commuters. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) is responsible for building the project. The metro line will link Howrah to Salt Lake via Central Kolkata.

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