October four, 2020 9:48:29 pm
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday nearly inaugurated the Phoolbagan Station of Kolkata’s East West Metro hall, describing the extension of the road from Salt Lake Stadium as a Durga Puja present for the folks of the metropolis.
Goyal additionally flagged off the primary practice from the brand new station to Salt Lake Sector-V, and stated your entire stretch of the hall is prone to be accomplished by December 2021. “I’m informed that by the top of subsequent yr, your entire East West Hall challenge of 16.55 km (between Sector-V and Howrah Maidan) is predicted to be accomplished; hopefully with no additional hiccups arising because of the Covid pandemic,” he stated whereas inaugurating the extension of the road until Phoolbagan Station by way of the digital mode.
Goyal stated the challenge, which has suffered delays owing to a number of points, has been fast-tracked since 2015 due to the non-public intervention and monitoring by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The beginning of Metro companies at Phoolbagan Station is a “Durga Puja present by the Railways for Kolkatans”, the minister stated. “The estimates are that this line (East West Metro hall) can be utilized by almost 10 lakh folks by 2035. That itself can be an enormous service to the folks of Kolkata,” he stated.
Goyal stated although the challenge was sanctioned in July 2008, little or no work had commenced until 2015. “There have been issues of land acquisition, resettlement points, after which the state authorities made us change the alignment; all of those resulted in enormous delay and price escalation,” he stated.
Work on the East West Metro hall was additionally disrupted attributable to an accident attributable to an aquifer burst in Bowbazar space in central Kolkata throughout drilling operations in August 2019. The primary section of the challenge, a four.88-km stretch connecting Sector-V and Salt Lake Stadium, was inaugurated by Goyal on February 13.
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