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First Metro Men of India
Sep 18 2011 (8:14AM)
News Entry# 38967 Metro men
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Sep 18 2011 (8:15AM)
The two men who drove the country’s first metro rail recount that momentous day.It is a memory for a lifetime, our moment in history,” says Sanjoy Kumar Sil, flipping through the old photographs with his colleague, Tapan Kumar Nath. Sil and Nath were the driving motorman and the conducting motorman, respectively, of India’s first underground train, the first Kolkata Metro rail, which rolled out on October 24, 1984.Nearly 27 years down the line, that historic day is still fresh in their memory. It was ekadashi, the last day of Durga Puja, which is largely considered to be inauspicious. But instructions came from the top and superstitions were promptly put aside. The inauguration was scheduled for 8:30 am and the first train was to start from Esplanade in central Kolkata to Bhowanipur Station (now known as Netaji Bhavan Station), covering a distance of 3.40 km with five stations in between. When Sil...