Kolkata, Metro Rail News: If things go according to plan,
Noapara-Dakshineswar Metro Rail project would be operational by February 2020. Commuting will be easier from the north to the south end and it would be done in a few minutes. from north and south ends reaching to the central business district of the city would be a lot easier.
Currently about 80 percent of the work of this project is complete. An amount of Rs 65 crore has been allocated in the interim budget of 2019-20. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while she was the Rail Minister had announced several Metro Rail projects to connect the city with the suburbs. The Noapara-Dakshineswar project is one of those. The Dum Dum-Noapara Metro Rail route has been active for a few years now. Metro
According to sources, officials have the instruction to complete the work of the route by the end of this year. After completion, CMRS and other certification would be needed before the commencement of the train services on this route.
Officials said that once this route is thrown open, citizens of North 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts would be able to reach Kolkata with ease. Currently, Metro service is available till Noapara, Due to the lack of modes of transport at Noapara leads to fewer takers from this station. Instead, people opt for Sealdah Mainline trains or other buses along this route. Experts believe with the extended route till Dakshineswar, there will be more commuters which will lead to better and more means of transport at Noaparabecause right beside the under-construction Baranagar station there are buses available which shuttle between Baranagar and Sealdah.
Presently, owing to fewer commuters to Noapara, all Dum Dum bound trains are not run up to Noapara. Metro officials said that after every three trains which reach Dum Dum, one is run up to Noapara. Once the route is extended to Dakshineswar, at least alternate trains would be run up to there.
Metro officials further said that for trains to switch from Up line to Down line at Dakshineswar station, ‘V-Siding’ is has been used instead of the conventional ‘Y-siding’, chiefly because of lack of space at Dakshineswar station.