Railway minister Piyush Goyal flags East-West Metro in Kolkata; test options

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Kolkata: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday (February 13) flagged off the Phase I of East-West Metro hall of Kolkata Metro connecting Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium, and devoted it to freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu.

Presently Metro providers are run in Kolkata on just one North-South hall from Noapara to Kavi Subhas stations over a size of 27.3 Km. This hall was inaugurated 36 years in the past in 1984.

The inaugural prepare zoomed off from Sector V station to traverse a 4.88-km distance to Salt Lake Stadium, as Goyal mentioned that all the 16.5-km stretch of the hall – until Howrah Maidan – is more likely to be accomplished in two years.

Speaking on the inauguration ceremony, Piyush Goyal mentioned: “We are dedicating this first phase of East-West Metro corridor connecting Sector V with Salt Lake Stadium to freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu on her birth anniversary.” 

He additional mentioned, “West Bengal is a land of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. It is the land of Aurobindo. It is a land of Swami Vivekanand, Bamkin Chandra Chatterjee and so many freedom fighters, scientists and people from art and culture. It is a land of the nightingale of India and freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu.”

The Railway Minister mentioned, “The first underground station — Phool Bagh — will be ready before Durga Puja. If we get better coordination and local support, we will try to complete the corridor sooner up to Howrah.”

He, nevertheless, added, “there are a few obstacles that are slowing the work on the other four lines. At some places, we need to have better coordination with the state government. I hope we will get the support and we will soon make Kolkata Metro a preferred mode of transport.” 

Obliquely blaming the Trinamool Congress authorities for delay in completion of labor on the East-West Metro hall, Goyal mentioned, “Though work on the project started in 2009, it was stalled from 2012 to 2015 on the pretext of route realignment.”

“The delay also caused cost escalation,” Goyal mentioned, including that Rs 6,500 crore have up to now been spent for the East-West Metro challenge.

The TMC management boycotted Thursday’s inauguration after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s title was discovered lacking from the invitation card for the programme. 

The Metro challenge, scheduled to be accomplished by June 2021, had confronted an unprecedented jolt final 12 months, when a tunnel-boring machine hit an aquifer within the Bowbazar space of the town, inflicting extreme floor subsidence and injury to a number of buildings. The accident additional delayed the completion of labor by one other 12 months, with the authorities now eyeing a 2022 deadline.

The 5 ongoing Metro railway tasks within the metropolis have been allotted a budgetary grant of Rs 1,542 crore for fiscal 2020-21. The East-West Metro hall has obtained a grant of Rs 905 crore — the best among the many 5 tasks at present underway in Kolkata.

On the event, Goyal additionally devoted to the nation Three MW rooftop solar energy plant at Howrah station which has been put in with out incurring any capital expenditure by Railways. It will provide electrical energy @ Rs 3.62 per unit for 25 years as in opposition to the current price of Rs 8.50 per unit. The complete cumulative income saving might be Rs 40 crores (approx.) over the subsequent 25 years.

Features of East-West Metro

It is India’s first-ever transportation challenge the place trains will ply underneath the river, Hooghly. This challenge might be immensely useful in easing the site visitors congestion of Kolkata – a 300 years previous metropolis and likewise in decreasing vehicular air pollution. Phase-I of East-West Metro is a 5.Three kms lengthy stretch having 6 elevated stations.

1. The first-ever transportation tunnel underneath any river in India.
2. Platform Screen Doors to stop accidents or intentional fall.
3. Communication-Based Train Control System (CBTC) having enhanced security options like anti-collision and computerized prepare management mechanism.
4. Passenger pleasant options like lifts, escalators, the idea of barrier-free motion, designated parking for differently-abled, State of the artwork absorptive kind noise obstacles offered near hospitals/faculties to scale back the prepare generated noise for consolation of the general public.
5. The estimated price range for Phase- I is Rs 2431 crore out of the whole challenge value of Rs 8574.98 Cr.
6. Emergency Announcement and Fire Detection Mechanism in all coaches.