Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd will be starting additional metro services in the city and will also extend timings of its services from Monday.

According to press release by the Ministry of Railways, Kolkata Metro Railway will run 204 daily services instead of 190 services from Monday to Saturday from December 7.

It also stated that the services will be available every 7 minutes during morning and evening peak hours.

Meanwhile Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to twitter on Saturday to congratulate Kolkata Metro for this.

“People of Kolkata can rejoice as from 7th December, metro to increase services to 204 from Monday to Saturday. Further enhancing passenger convenience, there will also be an extension of timings and easier travel with services being available every 7 minutes during peak hours,” Piyush Goyal mentioned in a tweet.

Kolkata Metro Rail will run 204 daily services instead of 190 services between Monday to Saturday from December 7, 2020.

The first service will start from both ends, that is, from Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash at 7 am instead of 8 am, and from Noapara at 7.09 am instead of 8.09 am, said an official statement from the Ministry of Railways.

From Monday onwards, the last service will leave from Kavi Subhash and Dum Dum at 9.30 pm instead of 9 pm, and from Noapara at 9.25 pm instead of 8.55 pm, will be available in every 7 minutes during morning and evening peak hours, the statement informed.

“In view of containing the spread of COVID-19, no token will be issued, only Smart Card shall be used.”

However, for senior citizens, ladies and children (below 15 years), e-pass will not be required throughout the day.

“For all other passengers, e-pass will not be required in between 7 am to 8.30 am and 8 pm onwards,” it added. 

The Kolkata Metro had resumed operations after over five months on September 14 with strict health protocols in place in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and introduced e-passes for entry into stations.

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