Kolkata to get first underground metro station in 25 years

Kolkata to get first underground metro station in 25 years
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Kolkata to get first underground metro station in 25 years

Kolkata will get an underground metro station after 25 years on Sunday because the East-West line will probably be prolonged until Phoolbagan, an official stated. The Phoolbagan metro station is the primary underground one to be opened on the road that may join Sector V to Howrah Maidan, he stated. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will flag off the primary practice from Phoolbagan by means of a video hyperlink, the official stated on Saturday.

Services of the East-West Metro started earlier this yr between Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium within the first section.

Commercial companies between Phoolbagan and Sector V will begin from Monday, the official stated.

Owing to the COVID-19 state of affairs, there will probably be no formal perform on the venue.

The underground MG Road metro station on the North-South line was opened in September 1995. All metro stations opened after which can be both elevated or at grade-level.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) granted authorisation for extension of companies from Salt Lake Stadium to Phoolbagan station in June.

Local TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay and MLAs Sashi Panja and Sadhan Pande, each ministers within the state authorities, won’t take part within the programme, sources of their celebration stated, claiming that the state authorities has been stored at midnight in regards to the occasion.

According to the Metro Railway, Bandopadhyay and the 2 native MLAs have been requested to affix the digital occasion of the inauguration.

Bandopadhyay stated he was sad with the way in which the Railway Ministry had tried to “bypass” the state authorities.

“I am happy about the project, but why the state government was bypassed? Why did they not inform or invite the chief minister, who is also the former railway minister? She had extended all sorts of help to the East-West metro project.

I am unhappy with the attitude of the authority,” he instructed PTI.

Bandopadhyay stated he was out of Kolkata and couldn’t be a part of the occasion.

He additionally stated that in Banerjee’s tenure because the railway minister, she used to ask the state transport minister regardless of having political variations with the then Left Front authorities.

Panja, nevertheless, stated she is but to obtain an invite or letter from the Metro Railway.

Metro Railway stated that because the programme is being held on-line and no inauguration ceremony was being held, the native MLAs and MP have been requested to affix the occasion.

“There is no proper inauguration ceremony. Everything is happening through video conference. So there is no invitation of any sort. The local MP and the MLAs have been requested to participate in the video conference,” a senior Metro official stated.

On February 13, the 4.88-km-long first section of the East-West Metro obtained useful.

The public representatives of the TMC gave that occasion a miss as effectively, protesting in opposition to the absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s title from the invitation card for the programme.

Senior TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose and Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation Mayor Krishna Chakraborty have been invited however had stayed away in protest.

According to a senior Metro official, completion of the East-West hall is prone to be delayed by as much as one yr because of an accident attributable to an aquifer burst within the Bowbazar space throughout drilling operations in August 2019.

The 16.6-km-long fast transit system, connecting the dual cities of Kolkata and Howrah, could also be accomplished by mid-2022. 

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