Metro Railway, Kolkata will start issuing tokens from next Monday, 15th March 2021. Since tokens will bring in more commuters, there will be 252 services on weekdays from Wednesday instead of 244 and the Dakshineswar extension will get 12 more trains.
Operation hours will also being extended. On Wednesday, the first trains will leave Dakshineswar and Dum Dum stations at 6.50am instead of 7am while the last trains from Dakshineswar will leave at 9.28pm instead of 9.18pm and leave Dum Dum at 9.40pm instead of 9.30pm. The last train from Kavi Subhas will leave at 9.40pm instead of 9.30pm.
On Saturdays, there will be 232 services instead of 228 and Sundays will have 104 trains instead of 102. From next Monday, March 15, every station will have one booking counter exclusively for tokens. More will be added if there is a rush.
Kolkata Metro will gradually return to its pre-pandemic fleet of 288 services. Before being grounded on March 23, the daily footfall was more than six lakh. Currently, the footfall is around 2.7lakh and the main reason cited for the low number is the lack of tokens.