Kolkata: Tunnel-boring work for the East-West Metro corridor will recommence soon, a senior KMRC official said. Tunnel-boring work was put on hold after a machine hit an aquifer on August 31 at Bowbazar area. The Calcutta High Court had on February 11 allowed the resumption of tunnel-boring work for the corridor.
- KMRC general manager (administration) A K Nandy,”We will restart tunnelling work soon; precautions and safety measures are being taken for the purpose in keeping with the guidelines given by the Calcutta High Court.”
- Accepting a report by IIT-Madras, the court’s division bench directed the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) to restart operations in Bowbazar area, in consultation with the institute.
- The KMRC is the executing agency for the East-West Metro project.
- The bench comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee had in September last year 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 operations.
- On a prayer by an NGO to get the expert committee report vetted by an independent agency, the KMRC requested IIT-Madras to review its findings.
- The institute, in its report, stated that tunnel- boring work could be resumed.
- On February 13, the 4.88km-long first phase of the East-West Metro, connecting Sector V in Salt Lake with Yuva Bharati Krirangan stadium, got functional.
- The entire 16.5-km stretch of the corridor – from Sector V to Howrah Maidan – is likely to be ready in 2 years.