Devotees of goddess Kali, especially those residing in the City of Joy, we have some good news for you. Dakshineswar metro station (Kolkata) may begin operations from the eve of Durga Puja this year. By Kumar Shree

Once operational, the Dakshineswar metro station, an extension of the north-south metro route in Kolkata, will connect Kalighat and Dakshineswar, the two major Kali Kshetras this year. Kali Kshetras are pilgrimage spots related to goddess Kali. One would soon be able to move from one temple to the other swiftly, all thanks to the Dakshineswar metro.

 

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The metro station is merely at a distance of 10 km from the airport, which makes it very convenient for outstation devotees. Those flying into the city for religious tourism will be able to cover Kalighat, Dakshineswar, and Belur Math — three significant spiritual landmarks within an hour and a half.

The station has been built according to the architectural ethos of the Dakshineswar town, and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) is the executing agency for it.

The Dakshineswar metro station is undergoing final touches before the trial run begins. It comes packed with all kinds of modern amenities. For starters, the station has a dedicated skywalk that connects it to the temple. Elevators, escalators, specially-abled-friendly ticket counters, and a five-minute service interval between trains are some of the features.

 

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The Dakshinewsar metro station will also have an easy passenger interface with Dakhineswar suburban railway that runs parallel to the metro track.

As reported by the Times of India, an RVNL officer said, “Despite the lockdown and our struggle with COVID-19, we managed to keep the workflow undisturbed. Infected people were treated and people coming in contact with them were isolated, but the work continued. So the progress, though severely hampered, has moved towards completion.”

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