West Bengal metro rail projects to be completed by 2022

The West Bengal government and the Metro Railway authorities have agreed to cooperate with each other, to expedite all ongoing metro projects in the state

The West Bengal government, at a meeting on July 19, 2019, assured the Metro Railway that it would provide adequate land, for its various ongoing projects. The Metro authority, on its part assured that it would complete all its ongoing projects by 2022. The state secretariat sources said that the meeting also reviewed the progress of all ongoing metro railway projects and discussed the land issues that hindered the smooth progress of some of them.

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Even as the ongoing Joka-BBD Bagh Metro received clearance from the centre for its full stretch, the Metro Railway authority agreed some disputes regarding land still remained unresolved, between Majerhat and BBD Bagh. Also the Garia-Airport Metro work was getting delayed, because of land problems near Chingrighata area, the Metro authority said. The Airport-New Barrackpore-Barasat Metro project was also discussed in the meeting. A high-level committee, led by the state urban development secretary Subrata Gupta was formed, to clear these obstacles and expedite progress of the project works, the sources said.

 


Kolkata Metro GM calls for speedy completion of nation’s largest underground metro station yard

Kolkata Metro Railway’s general manager has called for the agencies concerned to ensure speedy completion of construction work on the Bimanbandar metro station yard, which will be the largest such underground facility in the country

July 30, 2018: Kolkata Metro Railway general manager Ajay Vijayvargiya, has made an on-the-spot assessment of construction work of the Bimanbandar metro station yard, the largest such underground facility in the country. Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said that Vijayvargiya, reviewing the construction work of the underground Bimanbandar station yard, stressed on speedy completion of the work and instructed all concerned to take steps in that direction.

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“Bimanbandar station yard will be the biggest underground yard in the country and is the integrated station of two alignments – New Garia-Airport and NowaparaBarasat lines,” Banerjee said. The station will serve the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport and work on the New Garia-Airport line is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani had, in March 2018, said that the entire East-West Metro route from Howrah Maidan to Salt Lake Sector V passing under the Ganga, New Garia to NSCBI Airport and a nine-km stretch from Joka to Majherhat in the Joka-BBD Bag route, will be completed within approximately the next three years. Stating that construction work was on in full swing, Banerjee said that the yard consists of six tracks and has a width of 41.6 metres and a length of 550 metres. The diaphragm wall and plunge piles are nearing completion and work of the top slab is under progress, she said.

 

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