Kolkata Metro: Airport-Haldiram Section Of Orange Line To Open This Year? Here's What We Know

Operations are likely to start at the Airport-Haldiram section of the New Garia-Airport Orange line by the end of this year. Once operational, the stretch at the Kolkata Airport will serve as an interchange. The New Garia-Ruby stretch of the Orange line is now operational for commuters.
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Kolkata Metro: Airport-Haldiram Section of Orange line To Open This Year? Here's What We Know (Representative Image)

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Kolkata: Metro Railway is planning to start operations at the Airport-Haldiram section of the New Garia-Airport Orange line by the end of this year. The stretch at the Kolkata Airport will be serving as an interchange by the time it will be ready for the commuters. It is worth noting that the New Garia-Ruby stretch of the line is now operational. Metro Railway general manager P Uday Kumar Reddy told a media portal that the services at the Orange line would not limit to the New Garia end. He said the line would begin operations at the other end as well.
The authorities have already started the work on the 2.4-km Airport-Haldiram. With that in mind, it is expected that the operations would be started by December, said Times of India, citing sources. It is also expected that by that time, the Noapara-Airport section of the Yellow line will function.
The Metro GM said, “We can bring rakes into the Airport station from the Noapara depot. It will then have both the Yellow lines and the North-South (Blue) line crossing it. Therefore, the Orange line can start from the opposite end as well,” quoted by the media report.
On Saturday, Reddy went to the construction site at the stretch between Airport Metro station and the VIP Road station of the Orange line. The GM also visited the site at Kaikhali crossing where the ramp construction has begun recently after Bidhannagar Police granted the traffic block to Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), which is implementing the 29km New Garia-Airport corridor.

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