Kolkata Metro's Esplanade to Howrah Maidan, Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Stretches Undergo Inspection

During the inspection, the Director General (Safety) of Railway Board evaluated the passenger interchange facilities between the Blue Line and Green Line at Esplanade station. A spokesperson for Metro Railway said the top railway official expressed satisfaction with the existing security measures.
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Kolkata: Director General (Safety) of Railway Board Braj Mohan Agrawal on Thursday conducted an inspection of the Esplanade-Howrah Maidan stretch of the Green Line and Esplanade to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar stretch of the Blue Line of Kolkata Metro as part of passenger safety surveillance measures. He also scrutinised the infrastructure and other amenities available for commuters along the route.
During the inspection, Agrawal evaluated the passenger interchange facilities between the Blue Line and Green Line at Esplanade station. A spokesperson for Metro Railway said the top railway official expressed satisfaction with the existing security measures.
Before the inspection, Agrawal convened a high-level meeting with all principal heads of departments of Metro Railway in the presence of general manager P. Uday Kumar Reddy to assess various safety measures, a statement by Metro Railway said.
In other news, the Calcutta High Court, last week, directed the Kolkata Metro railway authorities to consider a representation made in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking an extension of time of the last train by about 45 minutes. The petitioner's lawyer stated that the last metro train in the popular north-south alignment in Kolkata leaves Dum Dum in the north and Kavi Subhash station in the south at 9.40 pm.
The lawyer also claimed that in almost all other metro rail services across the country, the last train leaves the originating station around 11 pm. The petitioner sought to extend the last train timings of the Kolkata Metro railway by 45 to 50 minutes in the interest of commuters.
A division bench presided by Chief Justice T S Sivagnanam directed the Kolkata Metro authorities to consider the representation made by the petitioner and examine the feasibility of the request. The bench, also comprising Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharyya, directed the Metro authorities to send a reply to the petitioner, within four weeks of receiving this order, on its decision after considering the representation.
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