Shri Manoj Joshi, GM, Kolkata Metro Railway inspects Joka-Majerhat Section of Joka-Esplanade Metro Project

Shri Manoj Joshi, General Manager, Metro Railway made detailed inspection of Joka-Majerhat Section of Joka-Esplanade Metro Project o­n 31.08.2021. He started his inspection from Joka Depot, which is going to become o­ne of the most state of the art, modern depots and held a meeting with ED/Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and his team here.

  • The General Manager also inaugurated a lockgate at Joka Depot and planted a sapling at this site.
  • Shri Joshi conducted a trolley inspection from Joka Depot to Taratala Station with all senior officials of Metro Railway and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and inspected upcoming Joka, Sakherbazar, Thakurpukur, Behala Chowrasta and Taratala stations.  
  • Shri Amit Ray, ED/RVNL detailed to Shri Joshi about the progress of this project at a meeting held at Majerhat. 
  • The works of Joka and Behala Chowrasta stations are in advanced stage and all modern passenger amenities are being provided here. 
  • These stations are being beautified with murals and other artistic works.
  • General Manager reviewed Majerhat – Mominpur – Esplanade Metro work. 
  • He expressed his satisfaction after seeing the progress of the work and advised all to complete all the pending works within the deadline.

Bottom Slab Casting:

Meanwhile, works of all Metro projects in the city have been going o­n smoothly even during the present restriction imposed due to Covid pandemic. A major progress of Noapara to Barasat via Bimanbandar Metro project has been achieved o­n 29.08.2021 as the casting work of the bottom slab of 64 meter long RCC Box tunnel has been completed. 

  • For this work, 632 cubic meter concrete have been casted below the very busy VIP Road and Airport Entry Road.
  • It was a very challenging work as traffic movements o­n these two very busy roads were not disturbed during this work, except a few diversions. 
  • This casting work was started at 16.50 hrs. o­n 27.08.2021 and it was completed o­n 29.08.2021 at 00.53 hrs.

Rooftop Solar Plant:

Meanwhile, Shri Manoj Joshi o­n 27.08.2021 has dedicated a 1.24 MWp rooftop solar power plant to the service of the Nation.

  • This power plant has been installed o­n the roofs of the two major buildings of Central Park Depot of East-West Metro and is scattered over 19173 sq. metre rooftop area. 
  • As a result, Metro Railway will be able to save Rs. 45 lakhs (approx) per annum.
  • This project which has been executed through Public Private Partnership Mode is equipped with all standard protections and safety checks. 
  • Metro Railway has provided the rooftop areas whereas the solar power developer has done complete designing, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning work.  
  • Solar power developers will also operate and maintain this plant for 25 years.  
  • This plant has been constructed as a part of 100 MW-peak rooftop solar generation projects for Indian Railways which aims to become ‘Net Zero Carbon Emitter’ by 2030.
  • Shri Joshi also dedicated Rake No: MR 609 to the service of the Nation today.
  • Shri Manoj Joshi, General Manager, Metro Railway, Shri Manas Sarkar, MD,  KMRCL and other senior officers of Metro Railway also planted saplings inside the Central Park Depot.

Source: Metro Railway Kolkata-Press Release