Kolkata: Delayed by several months, the Rs
4874 crore East-West Metro Corridor Project was today
inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Metro line will connect IT hub Sector V in Salt Lake
to Howrah across the river Hooghly.
"Instead of trying to complete a project by the target
date, efforts should be made to complete it ahead of the
schedule for the benefit of the people," Mamata said during
the inauguration in Subhash Sarobar at Beliaghata in east
Stating that the project was pride of the city, she
assured state government`s cooperation to Indian Railways,
which along with financial assistance from the Japanese
government will implement the project.
This line will be constructed and maintained by Kolkata
Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), which was initially a joint
venture between the Union Urban Development ministry and the
state government but was taken over by the Ministry of
The Japan International Cooperation Association is
funding the project with a long-term soft loan.
According to KMRC Managing Director Subrata Gupta, two
sophisticated boring machines brought from Germany would be
use for tunneling.
"In the first phase, we will dig two tunnels, one each
for the up and down lines. This will start from Subhash
Sarobar and terminate at the existing Central Station," Gupta
He said the East West Metro Railway, commissioned
in February 2009, was scheduled to be completed by December
2014 in two phases each covering a distance of eight km.
In the later phase the tunnel would continue below the
river Hooghly upto Howrah.