The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) has given their approval to Indian Railways for commencing commercial operations of metro trains on the 6.5 kilometers long Joka-Taratala Metro corridor of Kolkata Metro. This stretch has six stations, including Joka, Thakurpukur, Sakherbazar, Behala Chowrasta, Behala Bazar, and Taratala.
"The mandatory clearance from the CRS had been obtained before starting the operation on the route. Following trial runs on the stretch since September, the CRS inspection was held on November 10, said Arun Arora, General Manager, Metro Railway Kolkata.
A total of Rs 2,477.25 crore expenditure by IR has been incurred to accomplish this project out of which Rs 635 crore has been spent to set up the Metro Car Depot at Joka. In addition, the first phase of the Kavi Subhash to Airport Metro project (Orange Line) from Kavi Subhash to Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, which stretches over 5.4 kilometres is also likely to be inaugurated soon.