South Asia

Modi launches India’s first underwater metro in Kolkata

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first underwater metro rail service in Kolkata, eastern India, on Wednesday, marking a significant advancement in the nation’s railway connectivity.

The project, valued at at least $1.8 billion, aims to enhance the rail infrastructure across eastern India.

During the ceremony, Modi interacted with school students who attended the event.

In addition to launching the underwater metro, the Prime Minister also initiated railway services connecting Kolkata with several southern and western states, thereby extending the country’s rail network.

Kolkata’s metro railway system, which first began operations in 1984, is an underground transit service and has since become a vital mode of public transportation in India’s metropolitan areas.