Kolkata: Commuters using the city`s lifeline -- the Kolkata Metro Railway -- will have two reasons to celebrate this summer. The Metro will Wednesday throw open its largest station, and starting later this month it will play instrumental music at select stations for passengers` enjoyment.
The largest station at Noapara, 2.2 km from the Dumdum stop, the northernmost of the Metro, boasts of four platforms instead of the usual two.
The sprawling station will have three elevators and six escalators for the ease of passengers, and will link the city and Barasat in North 24-Parganas.
"We have 24 stations, now this will be the 25th one and the largest. There will be four platforms instead of two and host of other facilities," the Metro Railway`s deputy general manager Protyush Ghosh told IANS.
Stretching across 25.135 km on the city`s busy north-south axis, from Dumdum to Kavi Subhash, the Kolkata Metro ferries around 6.5 lakh commuters on weekdays and nearly four lakh passengers on weekends.
Close on the heels of the inauguration of the new stop, sound systems at 16 stations will play a collection of instrumental music for the travelling public from the end of July.
"Initially, we will start music at 16 stations, then it will be followed in six more stops," said Ghosh.
Currently those travelling in AC coaches can revel in lilting tunes of Hindustani classical, Rabindra Sangeet and world music.