HC allows resumption of tunnel-boring work for East-West Metro corridor

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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

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  • 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.

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