Kolkata Metro – Information, Route Maps, Fares, Tenders & Updates

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Kolkata Metro with 2 operational lines and 31 stations is a urban mass rapid transit system serving the city of Kolkata and soon its suburbs.

Construction for Kolkata Metro Line-1 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 India. Between 1984 and 1995, more sections opened up bringing its total length to 16.45 km.

After the success of the Delhi Metro’s Phase 1, in the mid 2000’s another push was made to expand Kolkata Metro’s Line-1. This time around, the metro was extended by 10.94 km to New Garia (Kavi Subhash) Station.

In 2009, construction began on Kolkata Metro’s 14.67 km east-west 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. The first section of that line opened on February 13, 2020. The final section (Howrah Maidan to Phoolbagan) is expected to become operational in 2023.

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.

System Specifications

  • Top Speed: 80 kmph
  • Average Speed: 34 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Broad Gauge – 1676 mm (Line-1) & Standard Gauge – 1435 mm (Line-2)
  • Electrification: 750 V DC Third Rail
  • Signalling: Cab Signalling/Distance to Go (referred locally as “Automatic Signalling system”) on Line-1 and CBTC (communication based train control) on Line-2

Key Figures

Operational: 39.25 km | Under Construction: 56.32 km  | On Hold / Proposed: 44.46 km

  • Daily Ridership: 5.82 lakh/day (August 2019)
  • Rolling Stock: 240 (30 x  8 on Line-1) and 84 (14 x 6 on Line-2)

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

Kolkata Metro Routes (Operational)

Line-1 – Dakshineswar to New Garia (Kavi Subhash)

  • Length: 32.25 km
  • Type: At-Grade, Elevated & Underground
  • Depot: Noapara and New Garia
  • Number of Stations: 26
  • Station Names: Dakshineswar, Baranagar, Noapara, Dum Dum, Belgachhia, Shyambazar, Shobabazar, Shobhabazar Sutanuti, Girish Park, MG Road, Central, Chandni Chowk, Esplanade, Park Street, Maidan, Rabindra Sadan, Netaji Bhavan, Jatin Das Park, Kalighat, Rabindra Sarobar, Mahanayak Uttam Kumar, Netaji, Masteda Surya Sen, Gitanjali, Kavi Nazrul, Shahid Khudiram, Kavi Subhash (New Garia)

Line-2 Sector V to Phoolbagan – 7 km

  • Length: 7 km
  • Type: Elevated (5.3 km) & Underground (1.7 km)
  • Depot: Central Park in Bidhannagar (Salt Lake)
  • Number of Stations: 7
  • Station Names: Phoolbagan, Salt Lake Stadium, Bengal Chemical, City Centre, Central Park, Karunamoyee, Salt Lake Sector V

Kolkata Metro Routes (Under Construction Lines)

Line- 2 Howrah Maidan to Phoolbagan

  • Length: 9.34 km
  • Type: Underground
  • Number of Stations: 5
  • Station Names: Howrah Maidan, Howrah, New Mahakaran, Esplanade, Sealdah

Line-3 Joka to Mominpur

  • Length: 10.246 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Depot: Joka
  • Number of Stations: 8
  • Station Names: Joka, Thakurpukur, Sakherbazar, Behala Chowrasta, Behala Bazar, Taratala, Majerhat and Mominpur

Line-4 Noapara to NSCBI Airport

  • Length: 6.87 km
  • Type: At-grade, elevated & underground
  • Number of Stations: 4
  • Station Names: Noapara, Dum Dum Cantt., Jessore Road, Biman Bandar

Line-6 – New Garia (Kavi Subhash) to NSCBI Airport (Biman Bandar)

  • Length: 29.87 km
  • Type: At-grade, elevated & underground
  • Depot: New Town, New Garia
  • Number of Stations: 24
  • Station Names: Kavi Subhash, Satyajit Ray, Jyotirindra Nath Nandy, Kavi Sukanta 4.07 km, Hemanta Mukherjee, VIP Bazar, Ritwik Ghatak, Barun Sengupta, Beliaghata, Gour Kishore Ghosh, NICCO Park, Saltlake Sector V, Technopolis, Nazrul Tirtha (formerly Bidhan Nagar), Swapno Bhor (formerly Sub CBD-1), Biswa Bangla Convention Centre (formerly CBD-1), Kala Kshetra, Mother’s Wax Museum (formerly New Town), Eco Park (formerly Convention Center), Siksha Tirtha (formerly Sub CBD-2), City Centre II (formerly Titumir), Chinar Park (formerly Rabindra Tirtha), VIP Road/Teghoria (Haldiram), Biman Bandar (Airport)
  • Note: This line mostly follows the EM Bypass. It is planned to be extended southward to Baruipur in the future.

Kolkata Metro Routes (On-Hold & Proposed Lines)

Line-2 – Howrah Maidan to Satrangachi Bus Terminal

  • Length: 10 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Status: Proposed

Line-2 – Sector V to Teghoria

  • Length: 5.7 km
  • Type: Elevated
  • Number of Stations: 5
  • Station Names: Kestopur, Dum Dum Park, Baguiati, Raghunathpur and Teghoria (Line-6 interchange)
  • Status: Proposed

Line-3 – Mominpur to Esplanade

  • Length: 5 km
  • Type: Elevated & Underground (majority)
  • Number of Stations: 4
  • Station Names: Kidderpore, Victoria, Park Street and Esplanade
  • Status: On-Hold (Bidding Underway for General Consultant)

Line-4 – NSCBI Airport (Biman Bandar) to Barasat

  • Length: 11.26 km
  • Type: Underground and Elevated
  • Number of Stations: 6
  • Station Names: Birati, Michael Nagar, New Barrackpore, Madhyamgram, Hridaypur and Barasat
  • Status: A 3.6 km underground section with 3 stations from NSCBI to New Barrackpore has been fast-tracked. Geotechnical & Design bids were invited in mid-January 2020.

Line-5 Baranagar to Barrackpore

  • Length: 12.50 km
  • Type: At-grade & elevated
  • Number of Stations: 11
  • Station Names: Baranagar, Kamarhati, Agarpara, Panihati, Sodepur, Subhash Nagar, Khardaha, Tata Gate, Titagarh, Talpukur, Barrackpore
  • Status: This line is on-hold. Its route was proposed to follow Barrackpore Trunk Road, but may follow Kalyani Expressway instead. When operational, it might function as an extension/spur of Line 1.

Kolkata Metro Route Map (Operational Network)

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An official PDF route map of Kolkata Metro will be added here when available.

Kolkata Metro Route Map (Operational & Under Construction Lines)

Kolkata Metro Future Network Route Map (2030)

Kolkata Metro North-South Line-1 Fare Chart (Prices)

Fare charges on Kolkata Metro’s Line-1: Noapara to New Garia (Kavi Subhash) were revised on 05.12.2019 and are listed below.

1. Single Journey Fares

Zone Distance from Origin Fare
Zone 1 upto 5 km Rs. 5
Zone 2 5 – 10 km Rs. 10
Zone 3 10 – 15 km Rs. 15
Zone 4 15 – 20 km Rs. 15
Zone 5 20 – 25 km Rs. 20
Zone 6 25 – 30 km Rs. 25

2. Smart Card (Stored Value) Fares

Recharge Value (Rs.) Gained Value Validity
100 Rs. 110 365 days
200 Rs. 220 365 days
300 Rs. 330 365 days
500 Rs. 550 365 days
1000 Rs. 1100 365 days

3. Tourist Smart Card
• 1 Day Unlimited Rides: Rs. 250 with Rs. 60 security deposit
• 3 Day Unlimited Rides: Rs. 550 with Rs. 50 security deposit

Kolkata Metro East-West Line-2 Fare Chart (Prices)

Fare charges on Kolkata Metro’s Line-2 (Howrah Maidan – Sector V) were fixed on 05.12.2019 and are listed below.

1. Single Journey Fares

Zone Distance from Origin Fare
Zone 1 0 – 2 km Rs. 5
Zone 2 2 – 5 km Rs. 10
Zone 3 5 – 10 km Rs. 20
Zone 4 10 – 15 km Rs. 30

2. Smart Card (Stored Value) Fares

Recharge Value (Rs.) Gained Value Validity
100 Rs. 110 365 days
200 Rs. 220 365 days
300 Rs. 330 365 days
500 Rs. 550 365 days
1000 Rs. 1100 365 days

3. Tourist Smart Card
• 3 Day Unlimited Rides: Rs. 250 with Rs. 60 security deposit
• 5 Day Unlimited Rides: Rs. 550 with Rs. 50 security deposit

Kolkata Metro Tenders

Latest Kolkata Metro tenders can be viewed on the RVNL’s website. News on these notices, their bidders and contracts are covered in further detail on the news & construction page.

Kolkata Metro 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
• 13 Feb 2020: Sector V – Salt Lake Stadium (Line 2) – 5.3 km
• 05 Oct 2020: Salt Lake Stadium – Phoolbagan (Line 2) – 1.7 km
• 21 Feb 2021: Noapara – Dakshineswar (Line 1) – 4.11 km

…more to be added in 2021! Click on ‘News & Construction Updates’ below for project news, progress and updates.

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