Kolkata: Announcing a slew of Metro
extension projects connecting the metropolis with the southern and northern fringes, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said there would be no forcible acquisition of land for the
"We are against forcible acquisition of land. In the
Railways we have made it a policy not to acquire land forcibly
for any project. We will not acquire land forcibly for the new
Metro project from Joka to BBD Bagh," Banerjee said at the
foundation stone-laying ceremony for the 16.72 km project by
President Pratibha Patil.
Terming the Rs 2,619 project as a "dream project", she
said, "It would help lakhs of commuters reach BBD bagh from
the extreme south...It is a long-standing demand of the people
living in these areas."
The Joka-BBD Bagh route would have 13 stations -- some
overground and some underground, she said.
The Railway minister also announced inclusion of Noapara,
Dakshineswar and Baranagar in the Metro Railway map.
Baranagar and Noapara will be the nodes from where further
extension up to Barrackpore and Barasat will take place.
Banerjee had recently laid the foundation stone for
extension of the existing Metro network from Dum Dum to Dakshineswar. The stretch between the two stations will cost nearly Rs 600 crore.
The railways have decided to undertake the project in two
phases. The first phase will be of 5.2 km between Dum Dum
and Baranagar, which will cost Rs 237 crore.
Phase-II will be between Dakshineswar and Baranagar. While
construction of this stretch is in progress, surveys will be
completed to connect Barrackpore to Baranagar and Barasat to
Noapara via the airport.
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who was present
at the function lauded Banerjee for speeding up the Metro
The Metro projects covering a total distance of 81.22 km
will involve an expenditure of Rs 12,000 crore, he said.