Kolkata: The much talked about Barrackpore Metro link that was scheduled to laid through BT Road and a stretch be built underground might now be taken through Kalyani Expressway. This moves comes after the engineering consultancy RITES submitted its report to state government.
In its report RITES has reported that is it possible to divert the Baranagar-Barrackpore route for metro rail project. The experts in the reports have suggested that between Noapara and Kalyani Expressway the tracks can pass underground for about 2km, which is a congested residential area.
Building tracks on ground would mean razing the residential properties falling on the proposed stretch. As per the proposal the underground stretch can be construction between Noapara and Nimta, informed officials.
The catch to the proposal is that by building underground stretch, the cost of the project is likely to escalate. This proposed project ironically has not taken off in last seven years. Commuters are hoping that some work on the project begins soon.
The ministry of railway in its statement said that is the tracks are laid on ground it would cost around Rs 175 crores. If the same is build underground, the cost will shoot up to 400 crores.
As per the railway officials, if 2 km stretch is made, it would cost an additional of 45 crores. They will consider the suggestions made by RITES and are also accessing financial responsibilities if the recommendations are accepted. The main concern is the if the routes are diverted, who is going to bear the additional cost burden – railway ministry of state government.
The government is contrasting view to the Metro project on BT Road for fear of underground water pipelines getting badly damaged owing to metro work.
In its report RITES has clearly recommended that it would be a wise move to shift the metro track route to the east of BT Road along Kalyani Expressway where there’s meager populace.