The tussle between the centre and state government in West Bengal has been evident from the inauguration ceremony of Phase I of the East-West Metro corridor between Salt Lake Sector-V to Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Thursday as the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s name was missing from the invitation card.
The first phase of the Metro will be inaugurated by the Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and the Guest of Honour will be Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo.
However, other Trinamool Congress leaders like the minister in West Bengal government Sujit Bose, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, and Krishna Chakraborty Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation were listed in the invitation to attend the event.
The six kilometers long Metro line has six stations namely, Sector V, Central Park, City Centre, Karunamoyee, Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium.
As reported by the Indian Express, the corridor between Sector V and Howrah Maidan stations comprises both elevated via duct covering 5.8 km and an underground section of 10.8 km. It is the first time that a tunnel has been bored under the Hooghly river to connect Kolkata and Howrah through the Metro.
Facilities like CCTV cameras, conclave mirrors, air conditioning systems and digital information digital boards among others will be provided for the passengers.
The metro will be inaugurated today but it will be operational for the passengers from tomorrow.