Kolkata:The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday allowed the resumption of tunnel-boring work for the city’s East-West Metro corridor, which had come to a halt after an aquifer burst in August last year. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) is the executing agency for the project
- Accepting a report by IIT-Madras, the court directed the KMRC to restart work between Esplanade and Sealdah stations in Bowbazar area of central Kolkata, in consultation with the institute.
- The division bench comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee had in September ordered the suspension of tunnelling work till further orders.
- 3 months later, the KMRC, in view of a report prepared by its expert committee, moved the court seeking its permission to resume work.
- On a prayer by an NGO to get the expert committee report vetted by an independent agency, the KMRC then requested IIT-Madras to review its findings.
- The institute, in its report, stated that tunneling work could be resumed.
- The Phase-I of East-West Metro corridor connecting Salt Lake Sector V and Salt Lake Stadium was inaugurated on February 13.
- Phase-I of East – West Metro is a 5.3 kms long stretch having 6 elevated stations.
- East – West Metro is a 16.5 kms long stretch which connects Howrah on the West bank of River Hooghly with Salt Lake city on the East bank.
- 10.8 kms of the stretch is underground and 5.75 kms will be on elevated viaduct.
- It is India’s first ever transportation project where trains will ply under the mighty river, Hooghly.