Kolkata Metro – Information, Map & Updates

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Introduction

The Kolkata Metro is a urban mass rapid transit system serving the city of Kolkata and soon its suburbs. Construction for it started in 1972 and a small 3.40 km section between Esplanade and Netaji Bhavan opened in October 1984, making it the first metro system in the country. Between 1984 and 1995, more sections opened up bringing its total length to 16.45 km. After the success of the Delhi Metro’s first phase, in the mid 2000’s another push was made to expand the line. This time around, the metro was extended by 10.94 km to New Garia station which is also known as Kavi Subhash station.

In 2009, construction began on the 14.67 km Line 2 from Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, a project that was earlier under the Ministry of Urban Development’s belt but later transferred to the Ministry of Railways by the central government.

In the 2010-11 railway budget, the Union Railway Minister announced the addition of new lines to connect with Joka, Dakshineshwar, Barrackpore, Barsat and the NSCBI Airport (Biman Bandar) from New Garia. See details of those lines below.

Key Figures

Operational: 28.14 km | Under Construction: 63.39 km  | Approved/On Hold: 32.48 km

Note: Kolkata Metro has not officially announced line colors or numbers. All lines have significant land acquisition issues for constructing their viaducts, stations and depots.

Line 1
A) Noapara to New Garia (Kavi Subhash): 28.14 km – Operational
B) Noapara to Dakshineswar: 4.11 km – Under Construction

Line 2
Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan: 16.34 km – Under Construction

Line 3 
A) Joka to Majerhat: 7.5 km – Under Construction
B) Majerhat to Esplanade: 8.25 km – On Hold

Line 4
A) Noapara to NSCBI Airport: 6.87 km – Under Construction
B) NSCBI Airport to Barasat: 11.26 km – On Hold

Line 5
Baranagar to Barrackpore: 12.50 km – On Hold
Note:  This line might function as an extension/spur of Line 1 when it becomes operational

Line 6
New Garia (Kavi Subhash) to NSCBI Airport: 32 km – Under Construction

Operational Network

The embedded maps below can be zoomed into!

Future Network (2025)

History – Key Dates

24 Oct 1984: Esplanade – Netaji Bhawan (Line 1) – 3.40 km
12 Nov 1984: Dum Dum – Belgachhia (Line 1) – 2.15 km
29 Apr 1986: Netaji Bhawan – Tollygunge (Line 1) – 4.24 km
13 Aug 1994: Belgachhia – Shyambazaar (Line 1) – 1.63 km
02 Oct 1994: Esplanade – Chandni Chowk (Line 1) – 0.71 km
19 Feb 1995: Shyam Bazaar – Girish Park (Line 1) – 1.92 km
19 Feb 1995: Chandni Chowk – Central (Line 1) – 0.60 km
27 Sep 1995: Central – Girish Park (Line 1) – 1.80 km
22 Aug 2009: Tollygunge – Garia Bazar (Line 1) – 5.85 km
07 Oct 2010: Garia Bazar – New Garia (Line 1) – 3.00 km
10 Jul 2013: Dum Dum – Noapara (Line 1) – 2.09 km

…..more to be added in 2018! Click on ‘Construction Updates’ below to view updates.

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