Metro Railway has released a detailed calendar with tentative dates for completion of ongoing projects in the city.
Denying allegations that the projects have got inordinately delayed, Metro has announced that five projects totalling 87.38km are under various stages of progress and would be completed on schedule. Officials say that at least 51km would be commissioned by 2020 end.
“Of the 16.72km Joka-Esplanade link, the 9km stretch between Joka and Majerhat will be completed by December, 2019. The 32km Kavi Subhash-Airport has also been divided into phases. While the 5km link from Kavi Subhash to Hemendra Mukherjee (Ruby) will be ready by June, 2018, the 10km Phase-II between Hemendra Mukherjee and Sector V will be completed by June, 2019. The 4km stretch between Noapara and Dakshineswar will also be completed by June, 2019,” Indrani Banerjee, CPRO, Metro Railway, said.
In the 18.13km Noapara to Barasat stretch, Metro hopes to start running trains up to Jessore Road from June, 2019. The remaining — 1.5km stretch between Jessore Road and the Airport —will be completed by December, 2020. For the East-West corridor, Metro has set the date of completion at December, 2020. While the Sector V-Phoolbagan stretch will become operational from June, 2018, the 8.1km Phase-II between Phoolbagan and Howrah Maidan will be completed by December, 2020.
“Work is progressing at a good pace and senior officers, including our general manager Vishwesh Chaubey, are monitoring work on a regular basis. It has to be appreciated that after the projects were sactioned by the Ministry of Railways, they required huge mobilisation of financial resources, eviction of settlers, demolition of structures at certain places and even alignment modification,” Banerjee added.
The state government is now providing necessary support to the Metro in completing the projects. According to the Metro general manager, the network will get trebled to 78km from the existing 27km in the next three-and-a-half years and by 2030, Metro will have capacity to carry nearly 4 million passengers every day.
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