Kolkata: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday unfolded a plan to construct an ambitious 11,0000-crore
rupees Metro railway network to ease travel in and around the
As part of the plan, the minister today laid the
foundation stone for a Metro railway line between Barrackpore
and Baranagar in the northern outskirts of the city along the
She said the 12.5-km line will have 10 stations and the
entire line would run overground.
Banerjee said that Railways would share with the Kolkata
Metropolitan Corporation 50 per cent of the cost for relaying
and repairing underground pipes carrying water from the Tallah
pumping station along BT Road, that would suffer damage on
account of the construction.
Fourteen railway projects would be implemented in
the state some of which are already under various stages of
construction, the minister said.
Speaking in the foundation stone-laying ceremony, Mamata
took a swipe at the Left Front government for accusing her of
spending huge sums on advertisement of inauguration of railway
projects, arguing that it was an accepted protocol of her
ministry to publicise them.
She said that CPI(M) in the state was spending crores of
rupees on advertisement of its "so-called achievements",
saying she failed to understand how centrally-sponsored
projects like construction of deep tubells could be advertised
by the state government claiming credit for them.
The minister also laid the foundation stone for the
extention of the Kanchrapara Sports Complex.