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City’s Tube Rly plan nipped in bud a century ago

Metro Railway could well have celebrated 2025-26 as its centenary year had the British gone ahead with their plans for a ‘Tube Railway Scheme’ in Kolkata. Ahead of commissioning of the Metro’s second line in the city, a senior official has dug into archives to retrieve documents on how the British had planned a network akin to the London Underground in Kolkata way back in 1919.

The London Underground started in 1863. According to the official, there may have been an earlier plan but he is yet to retrieve documents to establish this. As per records, for the British, a Metro network in the city was not a novelty but an essential to allow people reach their workplaces on time.

They were keen that people avoid the additional expenses of living in the city and migrate to places like ‘Dum Dum and Baraset’. At the same time, they were worried that such people would not be able to reach their offices on time and get chastised by their bosses or be penalized.

Following which, the September session of the Imperial Legislative Council at ‘Simla’ in 1919, followed a motion moved by Sir W E Crum, set up a committee that recommendedThe London Underground started in 1863. According to the official, there may have been an earlier plan but he is yet to retrieve documents to establish this a Metro for Kolkata after 14 sittings.The London Underground started in 1863. According to the official, there may have been an earlier plan but he is yet to retrieve documents to establish this

“We are of opinion that direct communication between the suburban stations and the business centre is required to enable suburban passengers to reach their destination without a change of vehicle.

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The Times Of India
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