A German Railway delegation struck by the volume of commuters who use the Kolkata Metro suggested after a ride from Esplanade to Masterda Surya Sen station on Wednesday that the transport lifeline should have a much larger fleet and increased frequency of trains.
Andreas Becker, vice-president of the VDB (German Rail Industry Association), said Berlin’s Metro network has around 400 trains to cater to a population much smaller than that of Calcutta and its suburbs.
The famous U-Bahn (underground, subway) in Berlin has 10 lines that span a network of around 150km and more than 170 stations. Most lines are underground.
In contrast, Metro Railway currently has 27 rakes in its fleet, of which 23 are functional. The length of the existing north-south line is 27km between New Garia and Noapara. Read More