Kolkata: Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal canceled Thursday, February 13, Phase I of the East-West Subway Corridor of the Kolkata Subway between Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium, and that of Freedom Fighter Sarojini Naidu dedicated.
There are currently 27.3 km of underground connections in Calcutta on only one north-south corridor from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. This corridor was inaugurated 36 years ago in 1984.
The first train departed from Sector V station to travel 4.88 km to Salt Lake Stadium, as Goyal said the entire 16.5 km section of the corridor – to Howrah Maidan – is expected to be completed in two years will be.
At the inauguration ceremony, Piyush Goyal said, "We are dedicating this first phase of the east-west subway corridor that connects Sector V to the Salt Lake Stadium to freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu on her birthday."
He continued: "West Bengal is a country of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. It is the country of Aurobindo. It is a country of Swami Vivekanand, Bamkin Chandra Chatterjee and so many freedom fighters, scientists and people from art and culture. It is a country of the nightingale of India and the freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. "
The railroad minister said: "The first subway station – Phool Bagh – will be ready before Durga Puja. If we get better coordination and support on site, we will try to finish the corridor to Howrah earlier."
However, he added: "There are some obstacles that are slowing down work on the other four lines. In some places we need to be better coordinated with the state government. I hope we will get the support and we will do it soon." Kolkata Metro is a preferred mode of transportation. "
Goyal blamed the government of the Trinamool Congress for the delay in completing the east-west subway corridor, saying, "Although work on the project started in 2009, it was under the pretext from 2012 to 2015 realigned the route. "
"The delay also resulted in an escalation of costs," said Goyal, adding that 6,500 rupees have so far been spent on the East-West Metro project.
The TMC leadership boycotted the inauguration on Thursday after Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee's name was found missing on the program's invitation card.
The metro project, which is expected to be completed by June 2021, had an unprecedented jolt last year when a tunnel boring machine hit an aquifer in the city's bowbazar area and severely sank and damaged several buildings. The accident delayed the completion of the work for another year and the authorities now set a deadline of 2022.
The five ongoing subway projects in the city have been allocated a budget grant of 1,542 billion rupees for the 2020-21 financial year. The east-west subway corridor has received a grant of 905 billion rupees – the highest of the five projects currently running in Calcutta.
On this occasion, Goyal also dedicated itself to the national 3 MW solar power plant on the roof of Howrah station, which was installed without the railroad's investment. It will supply electricity at Rs 3.62 per unit for 25 years, compared to the current price of Rs 8.50 per unit. The cumulative total savings in income will be approximately 40 billion rupees over the next 25 years.
Features of the east-west metro
It is India's first transportation project with trains running under the Hooghly River. This project will be immensely helpful in reducing traffic congestion in Kolkata – a 300 year old city – and reducing vehicle pollution. Phase I of the East-West Metro is a 5.3 km route with 6 elevated stations.
1. The first transport tunnel under a river in India.
2. Platform screen doors to avoid accidents or intentional falls.
3. Communication-based train control system (CBTC) with improved safety functions such as collision protection and automatic train control mechanism.
4. Passenger-friendly features such as lifts, escalators, the concept of barrier-free movement, designated parking spaces for disabled, ultra-modern absorbent noise barriers near hospitals / schools to reduce the noise generated by the train for the convenience of the public.
5. The estimated budget for Phase I is 2431 rupees from the total project cost of 8574.98 rupees.
6. Emergency and fire detection mechanism on all buses.