- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Team headed by Mr. Saito Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India Office has inspected the project site of East-West Metro at Bowbazar on 01st December, 2023.
- The team also inspected the tunnel between Esplanade and Sealdah of this project and assessed the progress of work. The JICA team expressed their satisfaction seeing the progress of the work and the quality and safety standards which are being followed at the project sites.
- Senior officials of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) accompanied the JICA team during this visit. After the visit, this team held a detailed discussion with Shri V. K. Srivastava, MD, KMRCL and Principal Chief Engineer, Metro Railway. Shri Srivastava apprised them about the progress of this project and the quality and safety standards being adopted during the execution of this project.
About East-West Metro Kolkata:
East-West Metro Corridor of Kolkata is a fully Central Government funded project, which will run from Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, a stretch of 16.6 kms having 12 stations in-between.
East-West Metro corridor was inaugurated on 13.02.2020 and was opened to the public on 14.02.2020 with six newly constructed state of the art Metro Stations from Salt Lake Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium.
Later on 04.10.2020, it was further extended up to Phoolbagan Metro Station, a total of 6.97 Kms. The 8th Metro station of East-West Metro, i.e.Sealdah Metro will be inaugurated on 11.07.2022.
In the Union Budget 2022-2023, Metro Railway has been allocated a whopping amount of Rs.1380.06 Crores for execution of on-going and new projects and for safety and infrastructure augmentation work. Different on-going Metro Railway projects in Kolkata and adjoining areas have been progressing smoothly and nearing completion at a super fast pace.
Source: Kolkata Metro- Press Release | Images Credit: Kolkata Metro
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