Kolkata Metro upgraded to the status of an independent zone of the Indian Railways

Kolkata, January 1, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): Kolkata Metro was upgraded to the status of an independent zone of the Indian Railways on Monday, allowing greater autonomy and deeper pockets to the country’s first underground rail transit network.

Deemed as the 17th zone, or operational hub, of the Indian Railways, the decision elevates KMR’s status from a state-run construction company, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

The public transport network which carries about 4.75 lakh commuters a day is fledging with a number of new projects worth over Rs.10,000 crore and this move is aimed to give it greater autonomy, she said.

The railways minister also flagged off work of the 8.26-km Joka-Majherhat section in the first phase of the 15.76-km Joka-BBD Bag project on Monday.

Started with the commissioning of partial commercial service over a 3.4 km route on Oct 24, 1984, the Metro today runs on tracks of 25 km.

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