Eastern Railway General Manager Manoj Joshi on Thursday mentioned the Metro situation would change town in subsequent two years. The Noapara-Dakshineswar route within the North-South hall was receiving closing touches, he added.
“In the next two weeks, all works will be done and we will request the Commissioner for Railway Safety to come and inspect. Once we get the authorisation, the operation will hopefully begin in March,” he mentioned.
Joshi mentioned tunneling work had been accomplished as much as Sealdah within the East-West Metro venture. The work could be full in three to 4 months, he added.
Asked concerning the Noapara-Bimanbandar (Airport) route, the railway official mentioned, “Once the work is done, the Bimanbandar underground station will be the biggest underground station in India. We have sorted out all the pending issues. We wanted to construct a subway that will directly connect the Airport terminal. The airport authorities have agreed.In the next two years, the metro scenario will change the city.”
Joshi mentioned the revised price estimate for the East-West venture was Rs 8,574.98 crore. Phase-I of the metro hall, from Salt Lake Sector 5 to Salt Lake Stadium (5.3 km), was commissioned on February 13, 2020. The hall has been additional prolonged until Phoolbagan. The tunnel work beneath the Hooghly river was accomplished on October 9, 2020. The remainder of the tunnel work is prone to be accomplished subsequent 12 months.