Central govt gives nod for East-West Metro Corridor
Ahead of the Assembly polls next year, Union Cabinet has approved the 16.6 Km East-West Metro Corridor Project with a cost of Rs 8,575 crore. The Project will be completed by December, 2021.
In a move that will not only ease Kolkata’s traffic but also have political significance ahead of the Assembly polls next year, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the East-West Metro Corridor Project. East-West Metro Corridor will be done at a cost of Rs 8,575 crore.
PIYUSH GOYAL INAUGURATED IT
While announcing the decision, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said East-West Metro Corridor will boost the mass transit system in Bengal. He informed that the total route length of East-West Metro corridor project which was stuck for long is 16.6 km consisting of 12 stations. The project will not just ease traffic congestion but enhance urban connectivity, said the Centre on Wednesday.
East-West Metro Corridor will be completed by December, 2021.Goyal made reference to ‘Durga Puja’ and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “gift to Kolkata” while announcing the decision. Goyal talked about his promise to inaugurate Phoolbagan metro station before Durga Puja, which has now been done. He added that they got East-West Metro Corridor without “final alignment” and without “local support”.West Bengal will go to the polls early next year where the BJP hopes to dislodge the current Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government.
Meanwhile, in other announcements, Union minister Prakash Javadekar informed that India signed a memorandum of cooperation with Japan on cyber security and an MoU is being signed between Canada and India’s Zoological Survey of India.